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Iguazu Falls, in northern Argentina. Photo by Neil Tsutsui.

Lewis, VR, Moore, SE, Tabuchi, RL, Sutherland, AM, Choe, D-H & ND Tsutsui. 2013. UC researchers combat the resurgence of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius. California Agriculture 67:172-178.

Simola, DF, Wissler, L, Donahue, G, Waterhouse, RM, Helmkampf, M, Roux, J, Nygaard, S, Glastad, KM, Hagen, DE, Viljakainen, L, Reese, JT, Hunt, BG, Graur, D, Elhaik, E, Kriventseva, EV, Wen, J, Parker, BJ, Cash, E, Privman, E, Childers, CP, MuĖoz-Torres, MC, Boomsma, J.J., Bornberg-Bauer, E. Currie, C, Elsik, CG, Suen, G, Goodisman, MAD, Keller, L, Liebig, J, Rawls, A, Reinberg, D, Smith, CD, Smith, CR, Tsutsui, ND, Wurm, Y, Zdobnov, EM, Berger, SL & J Gadau. 2013. Social insect genomes exhibit dramatic evolution in gene composition and regulation while preserving regulatory features linked to sociality Genome Research 23:1235-1247

Emery, VJ & ND Tsutsui. 2013. Parallel nestmate recognition systems in a social symbiosis: Chemical phenotypes and nestmate recognition behaviors of Neotropical parabiotic ants. PLoS One 8(2):e56492.

Choe, D-H, DB Villafuerte & ND Tsutsui. 2012. Trail pheromones of the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLoS One 7(9):e45016.

Johnson, BR, E van Wilgenburg & ND Tsutsui. 2012. Nestmate recognition in social insects is sometimes more complex than an individual based decision to accept or reject (Commentary). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 6:343-346.

Choe, D-H, SR Ramirez & ND Tsutsui. 2012. A silica gel-based method for extracting insect surface hydrocarbons. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38:176-187.

van Wilgenburg, E, A Felden, DH Choe, R Sulc, J Luo, KJ Shea, MA Elgar & ND Tsutsui. 2012. Learning and discrimination of cuticular hydrocarbons in a social insect. Biology Letters 8:17-20.

Ramirez, SR, T Eltz, MK Fujiwara, G Gerlach, B Goldman-Huertas, ND Tsutsui, & NE Pierce. 2011. Asynchronous diversification in a specialized plant-pollinator mutualism. Science 333:1742-1746.

Smith, CR, AV Suarez, ND Tsutsui, SE Wittman, B Edmonds, A Freauff & CV Tillberg. 2011. Nutritional asymmetries are related to division of labor in a queen-less ant. PLoS One 6:e24011.

Johnson, BR & ND Tsutsui. 2011. Taxonomically restricted genes are associated with the evolution of sociality in the honey bee. BMC Genetics 12:164.

Abbot, P et al. 2011. Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 466:1057-1062. (Brief communications arising).

Suen, G, et al. 2011. The genome sequence of the leaf-cutter ant, Atta cephalotes, reveals insights into its obligate symbiotic lifestyle. PLoS Genetics 7:e1002007.

Johnson, BR, E van Wilgenburg & ND Tsutsui. 2011. Nestmate recognition in social insects: overcoming physiological constraints with collective decision making. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:935-944.

Smith, CR*, CD Smith*, et al. 2011. A draft genome of the red harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex barbatus: a model for reproductive division of labor and social complexity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 5667-5672. *These authors contributed equally to this study.

Smith, CD, et al. 2011. The draft genome of the globally widespread and invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 5667-5672. * ND Tsutsui - corresponding author.

Franks, SJ, PD Pratt & ND Tsutsui. 2010. The genetic consequences of a demographic bottleneck in an introduced biological control insect. Conservation Genetics 12:201-211.

Ramirez, SR, T Eltz, F Fritzsch, R Pemberton, EG Pringle & ND Tsutsui. 2010. Intraspecific geographic variation of fragrances acquired by orchid bees in native and introduced populations. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36:873-884.

van Wilgenburg, E, R Sulc, KJ Shea & ND Tsutsui. 2010. Deciphering the chemical basis of nestmate recognition. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36:751-758.

van Wilgenburg, E, CW Torres & ND Tsutsui. 2010. The global expansion of a single ant supercolony. Evolutionary Applications 3:136-143.

Marsico, TD, JW Burt, EK Espeland, GW Gilchrist, MA Jamieson, L Lindstrom, S Swope, GK Roderick, M Szucs & ND Tsutsui. 2010. Underutilized resources for studying the evolution of invasive species during their introduction, establishment and lag phases. Evolutionary Applications 3:203-219.

Vanderhoeven, S, C Brown, C Tepolt, ND Tsutsui, V Vanparys, S Atkinson, G Mahy & A Monty. 2010. Linking concepts in invasion biology: Network analysis shows what has been studied most and helps identification of knowledge gaps. Evolutionary Applications 3:193-202.

Suarez, AV, T McGlynn & ND Tsutsui. 2010. Biogeographic patterns of invasive species. In: Lach, L, C Parr, & K Abbott, eds., Ant Ecology pp. 233-244.

Brandt, M*, E van Wilgenburg*, R Sulc, KJ Shea & ND Tsutsui. 2009. The scent of supercolonies: The discovery, synthesis and behavioral verification of ant colony recognition cues. BMC Biology 7:71. *These authors contributed equally to this study.

van Wilgenburg, E, J Clemencet & ND Tsutsui. 2009. Experience influences aggressive behaviour in the Argentine ant. Biology Letters

Brandt, M, E van Wilgenburg & ND Tsutsui. 2009. Global-scale analyses of chemical ecology and population genetics in the invasive Argentine ant. Molecular Ecology. 18:997-1005.

Cooper, ML, KM Daane, EH Nelson, LG Varela, MC Battany, ND Tsutsui & MK Rust. 2008. Liquid baits manage Argentine ants in coastal vineyards. California Agriculture. 62:177-183.

Spagna, JC, AI Vakis, SN Patek, X Zhang, C Schmidt, ND Tsutsui & AV Suarez. 2008. Phylogeny, scaling, and the generation of extreme forces in trap-jaw ants. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211:2358-2368.

Suarez, AV, DA Holway & ND Tsutsui. 2008. Genetics of colonizing species - The invasive Argentine ant. The American Naturalist. 172:S72-S84.

Calcaterra, LA, A. Delgado & Tsutsui, ND. 2008. Activity patterns and parasitism rates of fire ant decapitating flies (Diptera: Phoridae: Pseudacteon spp.) in their native Argentina . Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 101:539-550.

Tsutsui, ND, AV Suarez, JC Spagna & JS Johnston. 2008. The evolution of genome size in ants. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 8:64 PDF

Suarez, AV & ND Tsutsui. 2008. The evolutionary consequences of biological invasions. Molecular Ecology. 17:351-360 PDF

Torres, CW, M Brandt & ND Tsutsui. 2007. The role of cuticular hydrocarbons as chemical cues for nestmate recognition in the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Insectes Sociaux. 54:4364-4373. PDF

Calcaterra, LA, RK VanderMeer, JP, Pitts, JP Livore & ND Tsutsui. 2007. Survey of Solenopsis fire ants and their parasitoid flies (Diptera: Phoridae: Pseudacteon) in central Chile and central western Argentina. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 100:512-521. PDF

Thomas, ML, CM Payne, AV Suarez, ND Tsutsui & DA Holway. 2006. When supercolonies collide: Territorial aggression in an invasive and unicolonial social insect. Molecular Ecology 15:4303-4315. PDF

Whitfield, CW, SK Behura, SH Berlocher, AG Clark, JS Johnston, WS Sheppard, DR Smith, AV Suarez, D Weaver & ND Tsutsui. 2006. Thrice out of Africa: Ancient and recent expansions of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Science 314:642-645. PDF

The Honeybee Genome Sequencing Consortium. 2006. Insights into social insects from the genome of the honeybee Apis mellifera. Nature 443:931-949. PDF

Thomas, ML, ND Tsutsui & DA Holway. 2005. Intraspecific competition influences the symmetry and intensity of aggression in the Argentine ant. Behavioral Ecology 16:472-481. PDF

Tsutsui, ND. 2004. Scents of self: The expression component of self/non-self recognition systems. Annales Zoologici Fennici 41:713-727. PDF

Suarez, AV & ND Tsutsui. 2004. The value of museum collections for research and society. BioScience 54:66-74. PDF

Tsutsui, ND, SN Kauppinen, AF Oyafuso & RK Grosberg. 2003. The distribution and evolutionary history of Wolbachia infection in native and introduced populations of the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Molecular Ecology 12:3057-3068. PDF

Tsutsui, ND & AV Suarez. 2003. The colony structure and population biology of invasive ants. Conservation Biology 17:48-58. PDF

Tsutsui, ND, AV Suarez & RK Grosberg. 2003. Genetic diversity, asymmetrical aggression, and recognition in a widespread invasive species.   Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 100:1078-1083. PDF

Suarez, AV, DA Holway, D Liang, ND Tsutsui & TJ Case. 2002. Spatio-temporal patterns of intraspecific aggression in the invasive Argentine ant. Animal Behaviour 64:697-708. PDF

Holway, DA, L Lach, AV Suarez, ND Tsutsui & TJ Case. 2002. The ecological causes and consequences of ant invasions. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33:181-233. PDF

Suarez, AV, M Benard, ND Tsutsui, TA Blackledge, K Copren, EM Sarnat, AL Wild, WM Getz, PT Starks, K Will, PJ Palsboll, ME Hauber, C Moritz & AD Richman. 2002. Conflicts around a study of Mexican crops (Correspondence). Nature 417:897. PDF

Tsutsui, ND, AV Suarez, DA Holway & TJ Case. 2001. Relationships among native and introduced populations of the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile and the source of introduced populations. Molecular Ecology 10:2151-2161. PDF

Tsutsui, ND & TJ Case. 2001. Population genetics and colony structure of the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) in its native and introduced ranges. Evolution 55:976-985. PDF

Tsutsui, ND, AV Suarez, DA Holway & TJ Case. 2000. Reduced genetic variation and the success of an invasive species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA   97:5948-5953. PDF

Suarez, AV, ND Tsutsui, DA Holway & TJ Case. 1999. Behavioral and genetic differentiation between native and introduced populations of the Argentine ant. Biological Invasions 1:43-53. PDF

"Pax Argentinica" - by David Queller, a Nature News & Views about Tsutsui et al. 2000. PDF

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