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  • He, S., Johnston, P. R., Kuropka, B., Lokatis, S., Weise, C., Plarre, R., Kunte, H.-J., McMahon, D. P. (2018) Termite soldiers contribute to social immunity by synthesizing potent oral secretions. Insect Molecular Biology https://doi.org/10.1111/imb.12499 [PDF]
  • Ibrahim, B., McMahon, D.P., Hufsky, F., Beer, M., Deng, L., Le Mercier, P., Palmarini, M., Thiel, V., Marz, M. (2018) A new era of virus bioinformatics. Virus Research In press. [PDF]
  • McMahon, D.P., Wilfert, L., Paxton, R. J, Brown, M.J.F. (2018) Emerging viruses in bees: from molecules to ecology. Advances in Virus Research 101 In press. [PDF]
  • Hufsky, F., Ibrahim, B., Beer, M., Deng, L., Mercier, P.L., McMahon DP, et al. (2018) Virologists—Heroes need weapons. PLoS Pathogens 14: e1006771. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1006771 [PDF]


  • Trimpert, J., Groenke, N., Jenckel, M., He, S., Kunec, D., Szpara, M.L., Spatz, S.J., Osterrieder, N., McMahon, D.P. (2017). A phylogenomic analysis of Marek’s disease virus (MDV) reveals independent paths to virulence in Eurasia and North America. Evolutionary Applications. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12515 [PDF]
  • Natsopoulou, M.E.*, McMahon, D.P. .* (* = co-1st authors), Doublet, V., Frey, E., Rosenkranz, P., Paxton, R.J. (2017). The virulent, emerging genotype B of Deformed wing virus is closely linked to overwinter honeybee worker loss. Scientific Reports 7: 5242 [PDF]
  • Doublet, V. et al. (2017). Unity in defence: honeybee workers exhibit conserved molecular responses to diverse pathogens. BMC Genomics 18: 207. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3597-6 [PDF]


  • McMahon, D.P., Natsopoulou, M.E., Doublet, V., Fürst, M.A., Weging, S., Brown, M.J.F., Gogol-Döring, A., Paxton, R.J. (2016). Elevated virulence of an emerging viral genotype as a driver of honeybee loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. 283: 20160811. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0811. [PDF]
  • McMahon, D.P. & Hayward, A. (2016). Why grow up? A perspective on insect strategies to avoid metamorphosis. Ecological Entomology 41: 505-515 doi: 10.1111/een.12313 [PDF]


  • Natsopoulou, M.E., McMahon, D.P., Paxton, R.J. (2015). Parasites modulate within-colony activity and accelerate the temporal polyethism schedule of a social insect, the honey bee. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 70: 1019-1031 doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-2019-5
  • Mayack, C., Natsopoulou, M.E., McMahon, D.P. (2015). Nosema ceranae alters a highly conserved hormonal stress pathway in honeybees. Insect Molecular Biology. 24: 662-670.
  • McMahon, D.P., Fürst, M.A., Caspar, J., Theodorou, P., Brown, M.J.F., Paxton, R.J. (2015). A sting in the spit: widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees. Journal of Animal Ecology. 84: 615-624. [PDF]
  • Natsopoulou, M.E.*, McMahon, D.P.* (* = co-1st authors), Doublet, V., Bryden, J., Paxton, R.J. (2015). Interspecific competition in honey bee intracellular gut parasites is asymmetric and favours the spread of an emerging infectious disease. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 282: 20141896. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1896 [PDF]


  • Wolf, S., McMahon, D.P., Lim, K.S., Pull, C.D., Clark, S.J., Paxton, R.J., Osborne, J.L. (2014). So near and yet so far: Harmonic radar reveals reduced homing ability of Nosema infected honeybees. PLoS One, 9: e103989 [PDF]
  • Fürst, M.A., McMahon, D.P., Osborne, J.L., Paxton, R.J., Brown, M.J.F. (2014). Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators. Nature, 506:364–366. doi:10.1038/nature12977


  • Fries, I., Chauzat, M.P., Chen, Y.P., Doublet, V., Genersch, G., Gisder, S., Higes, M.,McMahon, D.P. et al. (2013). Standard methods for Nosema research. In: Dietemann V, Ellis JD, Neumann P (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research.Journal of Apicultural Research, 52.
  • Williams, G.R., Alaux, C., Costa, C., Csaki, T., Doublet, V., Eisenhardt, D., Fries, I., Kuhn, R.,McMahon, D.P. et al. (2013). Standard methods for maintaining adult Apis mellifera in cages under in vitro laboratory conditions. In: Dietemann V, Ellis JD, Neumann P (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52.
  • Suraporn, S., Natsopoulou, M.E., Doublet, V., McMahon, D.P., Paxton, R.J. (2013). Nosema ceranae is not detected in honey bees (Apis spp.) of northeast Thailand. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52:259-261
  • Spencer, J.S., Schoener, M., McMahon, D.P. (2013) DNA Underreplication in the majority of nuclei in the Drosophila melanogaster thorax: evidence from Suur and flow cytometry. Journal of Molecular Biology Research, 3. [PDF]


  • Kathirithamby, J., Lechner, G.K., McMahon, D.P. et al. (2012). A Free Ride and Lunch: Stylopization in the Solitary Hunting Wasp, Ammophila Fernaldi Murray and A. Pictipennis (Walsh) (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) By Paraxenos Lugubris Pierce (Strepsiptera). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 114:464-475.
  • Kathirithamby, J., McMahon, D.P., Anober-Lantican, G.M., Ocampo, V.R. (2012). An unusual occurrence of multiparasitism by two genera of Strepsiptera (Insecta) in a mango leafhopper Idioscopus clypealis (Lethierry) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in the Philippines. Zootaxa, 3268:16-28.


  • McMahon D.P., Hayward, A., Kathirithamby, J. (2011). Quick Guide: Strepsiptera. Current Biology, 21:R271-R27.
  • McMahon, D.P., Hayward, A., Kathirithamby, J. (2011). The first molecular phylogeny of Strepsiptera (Insecta) reveals an early burst of molecular evolution correlated with the transition to endoparasitism. PLoS One, 6: e21206. [PDF]
  • Hayward, A.*, McMahon, D.P.*, (* = co-1st authors), Kathirithamby, J. (2011). Cryptic diversity and host specificity in a parasitoid where the sexes utilize hosts from separate orders. Molecular Ecology, 20: 1508-1528. [PDF]


  • Kathirithamby, J., Hatting, J.L., McMahon D.P. (2010). First host record and description of female Halictophagus calcaratus Pasteels (Strepsiptera: Insecta) from South Africa. African Entomology, 18:322-327.


  • McMahon, D.P., Hayward, A., Kathirithamby, J. (2009). The mitochondrial genome of the ‘twisted-wing parasite’ Mengenilla australiensis (Insecta, Strepsiptera): a comparative study. BMC Genomics, 10: 603. [PDF]
  • Kathirithamby, J., Hayward, H., McMahon, D.P. et al. (2009). Conspecifics of a heterotrophic heteronomous species of Strepsiptera (Insecta) are matched by molecular characterization. Systematic Entomology, 35:234-242.