Insect symbiosis

Positions held

  • Since 2015: Professor for Evolutionary Ecology, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz
  • 2009 - 2015: Independent Max Planck Research Group Leader, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Jena (Research Group Insect Symbiosis)
  • 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 2006 - 2009: Postdoctoral researcher, Zoological Institute, University of Regensburg


  • 2006: PhD in Biology (summa cum laude) with Prof. Dr. E. Strohm, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg
  • 2003: Diploma in Biology (with honors), University of Würzburg

Selected publications by Martin Kaltenpoth

Kaltenpoth M, Strupat K and Svatoš A (2016) Linking metabolite production to taxonomic identity in environmental samples by (MA)LDI-FISH. ISME J, 10:527-531 Link

Sudakaran S, Retz F, Kikuchi Y, Kost C and Kaltenpoth M (2015) Evolutionary transition in symbiotic syndromes enabled diversification of phytophagous insects on an imbalanced dietISME J, 9:2587-2604 Link

Flórez L, Biedermann PHW, Engl T and Kaltenpoth M (2015) Defensive symbioses of animals with prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms. Nat Prod Rep, 32:904-936 Link

Kaltenpoth M, Roeser-Mueller K, Koehler S, Peterson A, Nechitaylo T, Stubblefield JW, Herzner G, Seger J and Strohm E (2014) Partner choice and fidelity stabilize co-evolution in a cretaceous-age defensive symbiosis. PNAS, 111:6359-6364 Link

Kroiss J, Kaltenpoth M, Schneider B, Schwinger MG, Hertweck C, Maddula RK, Strohm E and Svatoš A (2010) Symbiotic streptomycetes provide antibiotic combination prophylaxis for wasp offspring. Nat Chem Biol, 6:261-263 Link