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Rork A.M., Xu, S., Attygalle A., Renner T. The molecular mechanisms of defensive-grade organic acid biosynthesis in ground beetles. doi:

Sanchez V., Renner T., Baker L., Hendry T. Genome evolution following an ecological shift in nectar-dwelling Acinetobacter. doi:

Rork, A. M., Bala, A.*Renner, T. 2024. Dynamic evolution of the mTHF gene family associated with primary metabolism across life. BMC Genomics. doi: Data available here:

Riggins N., Young M.R., Renner T., Beaulieu F., Skvarla M.J. 2024. New records of Micromegistus bakeri, Trägårdh 1948 (Acari: Mesostigmata: Parantennulidae), a mite symbiotic on carabid beetles, and notes on the species’ distribution and host specificity. Acarologia. doi:

Saul F., Scharmann M., Wakatake T., Rajaraman S., Marques A., Freund M., Bringmann G., Channon L., Becker D., Carroll E., Low Y.W., Lindqvist C., Gilbert K.J., Renner T., Masuda S., Richter M., Vogg G., Shirasu K., Michael T.P., Hedrich R., Albert V.A., Fukushima K. 2023. Subgenome dominance shapes novel gene evolution in the decaploid pitcher plant Nepenthes gracilis. Nature Plants. doi:

Drummond C.P., Renner T. 2022. Genomic insights into the evolution of plant chemical defense. Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Jun 28;68:102254. doi:

Freund M., Graus D., Fleischmann A., Gilbert K.J.Lin Q.Renner T., Stigloher C., Albert V., Hedrich R., Fukushima K. 2022. The digestive systems of carnivorous plants. Plant Physiology. kiac232. doi:

Gilbert, K.J., Renner, T. 2021. Acid or base? How do plants regulate the ecology of their phylloplane? AoB PLANTS. doi:

Rork, A. M., Xu, S., Attygalle, A., Renner, T. 2021. Primary metabolism co-opted for defensive chemical production in the carabid beetle, Harpalus pensylvanicusJournal of Chemical Ecology. doi:

Breuss, M.W.#, Mamerto, A.#, Renner, T.#, Waters, E.R. 2020. The evolution of the mammalian ABCA6-like genes: analysis of phylogenetic, expression and population genetic data reveals complex evolutionary histories. Genome Biology and Evolution. doi: (#) these authors contributed equally.

Albert, V.A., Renner, T. Aquatic angiosperm ambiguities answered. 2020. Nature Plants. doi:

Rork, A.M., Mikó, I., Renner T. Pygidial glands of Harpalus pensylvanicus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) contain resilin-rich structures. 2019. Arthropod Structure & Development. doi: Picked up by news sources (including Penn State News) & featured on the National Science Foundation’s News Page!

Rork, A.M.Renner T. Carabidae semiochemistry: current and future directions. 2018. Journal of Chemical Ecology. doi:

Renner T., Lan T., Farr K.M., Ibarra-Laclette E., Herrera-Estrella L., Schuster S.C., Hasebe M., Fukushima K., Albert V.A. 2018. Carnivorous Plant Genomes. In: Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution. Oxford University Press.

Matušíková I., Pavlovič A., Renner T. 2018. Biochemistry of prey digestion and nutrient absorption. In: Carnivorous Plants: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution. Oxford University Press.

Lan T., Renner T., Ibarra-Laclette E., Farr K.M., Chang T.-H., Cervantez-Perez S., Zheng C., Sankoff D., Tang H., Purbojati R., Putra A., Drautz-Moses D., Schuster S., Herrera-Estrella L., Albert V.A. Long-read sequencing uncovers the adaptive topography of a carnivorous plant genome. 2017. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1702072114.

Michalko J., Renner T., Mészáros P., Socha P., Moravčíková J., Blehová A., Libantová J., Polóniová Z., Matušíková I. 2017. Molecular characterization and evolution of carnivorous sundew (Drosera rotundifolia L.) class V β-1,3-glucanase. Planta. 245(1): 77-91. doi: 10.1007/s00425-016-2592-5.

Kannan S., Halter G., Renner T., Waters E.R. 2017. Patterns of alternative splicing vary between species during heat stress. AoB Plants. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/ply013. Editor’s Choice.

Hockett K., Renner T., Baltrus D.A. 2015. Independent co-option of a tailed bacteriophage into a killing complex in PseudomonasmBio. 6(4): e00452-15. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00452-15.

Salzman S.*, Driscoll H., Renner T., Andre T., Shen S.*, Specht C.D. 2015. Spiraling into history: A molecular phylogeny and ancestral pollination state reconstruction of Costus (Costaceae). Systematic Botany. 40(1):104-115. doi: 10.1600/036364415X686404.

Renner T., Specht C.D. 2013. Inside the trap: gland morphologies, digestive enzymes, and the evolution of plant carnivory in the Caryophyllales. Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 16: 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2013.06.009.

Renner T., Specht C.D. 2012. Molecular evolution and functional evolution of class I chitinases for plant carnivory in the Caryophyllales. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 29(10): 2971-2985. doi:

Bauer U., Clemente C.J., Renner T., Federle W. 2012. Form follows function: morphological diversification and alternative trapping strategies in a carnivorous plant genus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25 (1), pg. 90-102. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02406.x.

Renner T., Specht C.D. 2011. A sticky situation: assessing adaptations for plant carnivory in the Caryophyllales utilizing stochastic character mapping. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 172(7): 889-901. doi: 10.1086/660882.

Renner T., Bragg J., Driscoll H.E., Cho J., Jackson A.O., Specht C.D. 2009. Virus-induced gene silencing in the culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale): an effective mechanism for down-regulating gene expression in tropical monocots. Molecular Plant. 2(5): 1084-1094. doi: 10.1093/mp/ssp033.

Romanov M.N., Tuttle E.M., Houck M.L., Modi W.S., Chemnick L.G., Korody M.L., Stremel Mork E.M., Otten C., Renner T., Jones K.C., Dandekar S., Da Y., NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Green ED, Magrini V, Hickenbotham MT, Glasscock J, McGrath S, Mardis ER, Ryder OA. 2009. The value of avian genomics to the conservation of wildlife. BMC Genomics. 10 (Supplement 2): S10. doi:

Rensing S., Lang D., Zimmer A., Terry A., Salamov A., Shapiro H., Nishiyama T., Perroud P., Lindquist E., Kamisugi Y., Tanahashi T., Sakakibara K., Fujita T., Oishi K., Shin-I T., Kuroki Y., Toyoda A., Suzuki Y., Hashimoto S., Yamaguchi K., Sugano S., Kohara Y., Fujiyama A., Anterola A., Aoki S., Ashton N., Barbazuk W., Barker E., Bennetzen J.L., Blankenship R., Cho S.H., Dutcher S.K., Estelle M., Fawcett J., Gundlach H., Hanada K., Heyl A., Hicks K.A., Hughes J., Lohr M., Mayer K., Melkozernov A., Murata T., Nelson D.R., Pils B., Prigge M., Reiss B., Renner T., Rombauts S., Rushton P.J., Sanderfoot A., Schween G., Shiu S., Stueber K., Theodoulou F.L., Tu H., Van de Peer Y., Verrier P.J., Waters E., Wood A., Yang L., Cove D., Cuming A.C., Hasebe M., Lucas S., Mishler B.D., Reski R., Grigoriev I.V., Quatrano R.S., Boore J.L. 2008. The genome of the moss Physcomitrella patens reveals evolutionary insights into the conquest of land by plants. Science. 319(5859): 64-69. doi: 10.1126/science.1150646

Renner T., Waters E.R. 2007. Comparative genomic analysis of the Hsp70s from five diverse photosynthetic eukaryotes. Cell Stress & Chaperones. 12(2): 172–185. doi: 10.1379/CSC-230R1.1

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