The scientific publications I (co-)authored are listed below. For my most recent publication list and citations, please refer to my Google Scholar profile.



Kattge J, Bönisch G, Díaz S, Lavorel S, Prentice IC, Leadley P, Tautenhahn S, Werner GDA et al. 2020 TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26(1): 119-188 PDF link Article link


Bell-Roberts, L., Douglas, A.E.D., Werner, G. D. A. 2019. Match and mismatch between dietary switches and microbial partners in plant sap-feeding insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0065 PDF link Article link

Whiteside MD, Werner GDA, Caldas VEA, van’t Padje A, Dupin SE, Elbers B et al. 2019. Mycorrhizal Fungi Respond to Resource Inequality by Moving Phosphorus from Rich to Poor Patches across Networks. Current Biology 29: 2043-2050.e8 PDF link Article Link This work also featured in The Economist.

Steidinger, B.S., Crowther, T.W., Liang, J., Van Nuland, M.E., Werner, G. D. A. et al. 2019. Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest tree symbioses. Nature. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1128-0 PDF link Article link


Werner, G. D. A., J. H. C. Cornelissen, W. K. Cornwell, N. A. Soudzilovskaia, J. Kattge, S. A. West, and E. T. Kiers. 2018. Symbiont switching and alternative resource acquisition strategies drive mutualism breakdown. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1721629115 PDF link Article link

Paterno, G.B., Penone, C, Werner, G.D.A. (2018) sensiPhy: An r‐package for sensitivity analysis in phylogenetic comparative methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12990 PDF link Article link


Werner, G.D.A., Zhou, Y., Pieterse, C.M.J., Kiers E.T. (2017) Tracking plant preference for higher-quality mycorrhizal symbionts under varying CO2-conditions over multiple generations. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3635 PDF link Article link


Kiers, E.T., West, S.A., Wyatt, G.A.K., Gardner, A., Bücking, H., Werner, G.D.A. (2016). Misconceptions on the application of biological market theory to the mycorrhizal symbiosis. Nature Plants. 16063 PDF link   Article link

Knegt, B., Jansa, J., Franken, O., Engelmoer D.J.P., Werner, G.D.A., Bücking, H., Kiers, E.T. (2016). Host plant quality mediates competition between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Fungal Ecology. 20: 233-240 PDF link   Article link


Werner, G.D.A., Cornwell, W.K., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Kiers, E.T. (2015). Evolutionary signals of symbiotic persistence in the legume–rhizobia mutualism. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112: 10262-10269 PDF link   Article link

Werner, G.D.A., Kiers, E.T. (2015). Order of arrival structures arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation of plants. New Phytologist. 205: 1515-1524 PDF link   Article link

Werner, G.D.A., Kiers, E.T. (2015). Partner selection in the mycorrhizal mutualism. New Phytologist. 205: 1437–1442 PDF link   Article link

Werner, G.D.A. (2015). Q&A: Microbe cheerleader. [Interview]. Nature. 526: S58–S59 PDF link   Article link


Werner, G.D.A., Cornwell, W.K., Sprent, J.I., Kattge, J. Kiers, E.T. (2014). A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2-fixation in angiosperms. Nature Communications. 5: 4087 PDF link   Article link

Werner, G.D.A., Strassmann , J.E., Ivens, A.B.F., Engelmoer, D.J.P., Verbruggen, E., Queller, D.C., Noë, R., Johnson, N.C., Hammerstein, P., Kiers, E.T. (2014). Evolution of Microbial Markets. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 111(4): 1237–1244 PDF link   Article link


Werner, G.D.A., Gemmell, P., Grosser, S., Hamer, S. and Shimeld, S. (2013). Analysis of a deep transcriptome from the mantle tissue of Patella vulgata Linnaeus (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Patellidae) reveals candidate biomineralising genes. Marine Biotechnology, 15(2): 230-243 PDF link   Article Link


Werner, G.D.A., Kiers, E.T. (2012). Friends in Fungi. [Letter to the Editor]. Science, 337: 1452  PDF link   Article Link