Peer-reviewed articles


  • Goes, A.C., Kooij, P.W., Culot, L., Bueno, O.C., and Rodrigues, A. (2022) Distinct and enhanced hygienic responses of a leaf‐cutting ant toward repeated fungi exposures. Ecology and Evolution, 12: e9112. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.9112.
  • Pietrobon, T.C., Kooij, P.W., Montoya, Q.V., and Rodrigues, A. (2022). Escovopsioides nivea is a non-specific antagonistic symbiont of ant-fungal crops. Fungal Ecology, 56: 101140. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2022.101140.
  • Lee, M.A., Burger, G., Green, E.R., and Kooij, P.W. (2021). Relationships between resource availability and elevation vary between metrics creating gradients of nutritional complexity. Oecologia, 195: 213-223. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-020-04824-4.
  • Bizarria Júnior, R., Kooij, P.W., and Rodrigues, A. (2021). Climate change influences basidiome emergence of leaf-cutting ant cultivars. Journal of Fungi, 7: 912. DOI: 10.3390/jof7110912.
  • Shik, J.Z., Kooij, P.W., Donoso, D.A., Santos, J.C., Gomez, E.B., Franco, M., Crumière, A.J.J., Arnan, X., Howe, J., Wcislo, W.T., and Boomsma, J..J. (2020). Nutritional niches reveal fundamental domestication trade-offs in fungus-farming ants. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5: 122-134. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-01314-x.
  • Kooij, P.W. and Pellicer, J. (2020). Genome size versus genome assemblies: Are the genomes truly expanded in polyploid fungal symbionts? Genome Biology and Evolution, 12: 2384–2390. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evaa217.
  • Goes, A.C., Barcoto, M.O., Kooij, P.W., Bueno, O.C., and Rodrigues, A. (2020) How Do Leaf-Cutting Ants Recognize Antagonistic Microbes in Their Fungal Crops? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8: 14887. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.00095.
  • Kooij, P.W., and Gaya, E. (2019) Explorando la diversidad de hongos en Boyacá, Colombia. Revista Digital Fulica, 10th edition: El alucinante universo de los hongos. ISSN 2382-4743.
  • Serafino, T, Van Zweden, J., Pontieri, L., Kooij, P.W., Sørensen, S.J., Wenseleers, T., Poulsen, M., Boomsma, J.J. and Sapountzis, P. (2019) The scent of symbiosis: gut bacteria may affect social interactions in leaf-cutting ants. Animal Behaviour 150: 239-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.12.017.
  • Kooij, P.W., Dentinger, B.T.M., Donoso, D.A., Shik, J.Z., and Gaya E. (2018) Cryptic diversity in Colombian edible leaf-cutting ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insects 9: 191. DOI: 10.3390/insects9040191.
  • San-Fabian, B., Niskanen, T., Liimatainen, K., Kooij, P.W., Mujic, A.B., Truong, C., Peintner, U., Dresch, P., Nouhra, E., Matheny, P.B., and Smith M.E. (2018) New species of Cortinarius sect. Austroamericani, sect. nov., from South American Nothofagaceae forests. Mycologia 110: 1127-1144. DOI: 10.1080/00275514.2018.1515449.
  • Green, P.W.C., and Kooij, P.W. (2018) The role of chemical signalling in maintenance of the fungus garden by leaf-cutting ants. Chemoecology 28: 101-107. DOI: 10.1007/s00049-018-0260-x.
  • Gaya, E., Kooij, P.W., Dentinger, B.T.M., Grigoriev, I.V., Nagy, L., Stajich, J., Coker, T. and Leitch, I.J. (2018) Fungal tree of life. In: Willis, K.J. (ed.), State of the World’s Fungi. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 12–17.
  • Leitch, I.J., Kooij, P.W., Coker, T., Grigoriev, I.V., Nagy, L., Martin, F., Stajich, J., Dentinger, B.T.M. and Gaya, E. (2018) Fungal genomes: Exploring, understanding and utilising their diversity. In: Willis, K.J. (ed.), State of the World’s Fungi. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. pp. 40–47.
  • Vasconcelos, T.N.C., Proença, C.E.B., Ahmad, B., Aguilar, D.S., Aguilar, R., Amorim, B.S., Campbell, K., Costa, I.R., De-Carvalho, P.S., Faria, J.E.Q., Giaretta, A., Kooij, P.W., Lima, D.F., Mazine, F.F., Peguero, B., Prenner, G., Santos, M.F., Soewarto, J., Wingler, A. and Lucas, E.J. (2017) Myrteae phylogeny, calibration, biogeography and diversification patterns: Increased understanding in the most species rich tribe of Myrtaceae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 113–137. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.01.002.
  • Shik, J.Z., Gomez, E.B., Kooij, P.W., Santos, J.C., Wcislo, W.T. and Boomsma J.J. (2016) Nutrition mediates the expression of cultivar-farmer conflict in a fungus-growing ant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 (36): 10121-10126. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606128113.
  • Kooij, P.W., Pullens, J.W.M., Boomsma, J.J. and Schiøtt, M. (2016) Ant mediated redistribution of a xyloglucanase enzyme in fungus gardens of Acromyrmex echinatior. BMC Microbiology 16: 81. DOI: 10.1186/s12866-016-0697-4.
  • Kooij, P.W., Aanen, D.K., Schiøtt, M. and Boomsma, J.J. (2015) Evolutionarily advanced ant farmers rear polyploid fungal crops. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1911-1924. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12718.
  • Kooij, P.W., Poulsen, M., Schiøtt, M. and Boomsma, J.J. (2015) Somatic incompatibility between fungal crops in sympatric Atta and Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants. Fungal Ecology 18: 10-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2015.08.003.
  • Kooij, P.W., Rogowska-Wrzesinska, A., Hoffmann, D., Roepstorff, P., Boomsma, J.J. and Schiøtt, M. (2014) Leucoagaricus gongylophorus uses leaf-cutting ants to vector proteolytic enzymes towards new plant substrate. The ISME Journal 8: 1032-1040. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2013.231.
  • Kooij, P.W., Liberti, J., Giampadoukis, K., Schiøtt, M., and Boomsma, J.J. (2014) Differences in forage-acquisition and fungal enzyme activity contribute to niche segregation in Panamanian leaf-cutting ants. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94284. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094284.s001.
  • Kooij, P.W. (2013) Fungal adaptations to mutualistic life with ants. PhD-thesis, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. 156pp.
  • Kooij, P.W., Schiøtt, M., Boomsma, J.J. and De Fine Licht, H.H. (2011) Rapid shifts in Atta cephalotes fungus-garden enzyme activity after a change in fungal substrate (Attini; Formicidae). Insectes Sociaux 58: 145-151. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-010-0127-9.
  • Visser, A.A., Kooij, P.W., Debets, A.J.M., Kuyper, T.W. and Aanen, D.K. (2011) Pseudoxylaria as stowaway of the fungus-growing termite nest: Interaction asymmetry between Pseudoxylaria, Termitomyces and free-living relatives. Fungal Ecology 4: 322-332. DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2011.05.003.




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