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  1. Foster KR, Schluter J, Coyte KZ and Rakoff-Nahoum S. 2017. The evolution of the host microbiome as an ecosystem on a leash. Nature, accepted.  
  2. Niehus R, Picot K, Oliveira NM, Mitri S, and Foster KR. 2017. The evolution of siderophore production as a competitive trait. Evolution, in press
  3. Smith W, Davit J, Osborne JM, Kim, W., Foster KR, Pitt-Francis JM 2017. Cell morphology drives spatial patterning in microbial communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  online early.
  4. Coyte K Tabuteaue, H, Gaffney EA, Foster KR, Durham WH 2017. Microbial competition in porous environments can select against rapid biofilm growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online early.
  5. Rakoff-Nahoum S, Foster KR, Comstock L. 2016. The evolution of cooperation within the gut microbiota. Nature, 533: 255–259. Commentary in Cell Host and Microbe.
  6. Biernaskie J, Foster KR. 2016. Ecology and multilevel selection explain aggression in spider colonies. Ecology Letters, 19: 873-879.
  7. Oliveira N, Foster KR, Durham W. 2016. Single-cell twitching chemotaxis in developing biofilmsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online early.
  8. Schluter S, Schoech A, Foster KR, Mitri S. 2016. The evolution of quorum sensing as a mechanism to infer kinship. PLoS Computational Biology, 12: e1004848
  9. Nadell CD, Drescher K, Foster KR. 2016 Spatial structure, cooperation, and competition in biofilms, Nature Reviews Microbiology, online early.
  10. McLoughlin K, Schluter K, Rakoff-Nahoum S, Smith A, Foster KR. 2016. Host selection of microbiota via differential adhesion. Cell Host and Microbe, 19: 550–559. 
  11. Steenackers H, Parijs I, Foster KR, Vanderleyden J. 2016. Experimental evolution in biofilm populations. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 40:373-397.
  12. Mitri S, Foster KR. 2016. Pleiotropy and the low cost of individual traits promote cooperation. Evolution, 70: 488–494.
  13. Kim W, Levy SB, Foster KR. 2016. Rapid radiation in bacteria leads to a division of labour. Nature Communications, 7, doi:10.1038/ncomms10508    
  14. Mitri S, Clarke E, Foster KR. 2015. Resource limitation drives spatial organization in microbial groupsISME journal, doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.208.
  15. Niehus R, Mitri S, Fletcher A, Foster KR. 2015. Migration and horizontal gene transfer divide microbial genomes into multiple nichesNature Communications, 6, doi:10.1038/ncomms9924.[IbM code]
  16. Coyte KZ, Schluter J, Foster KR. 2015. The ecology of the microbiome: networks, competition, and stabilityScience, 350: 663-666[Supplementary materials]. BBC coverage. Commentary by McNally and Brown at Nature Microbiology.
  17. Oliveira NM, Martinez-Garcia E, Xavier J, Durham WM, Kolter R, Kim W, and Foster KR. 2015. Biofilm formation as a response to ecological competitionPLoS Biology, 13: e1002191. Research Highlight in Nature. Dispatch in Current Biology by Vega and Gore. "Editor's Pick in Microbiology at PLoS   
  18. Schluter J, Nadell CD, Bassler BL and Foster KR. 2015 Adhesion as a weapon in microbial competition. ISME journal, 9, 139-149.
  19. Cornforth D, Foster K. R. 2015. The art of bacterial war. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112: 10827–10828
  20. Oliveira NM, Niehus R, Foster KR. 2014 The evolutionary limits to cooperation in microbial communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111: 17941-17946.
  21. Koch G, Yepes A, Forstner KU, Wermser C, Modamio J, Ohlsen K, Foster KR and Lopez D 2014. Evolution of last-resort antibiotic resistance in Staphyloccocus aureus via bacterial competition. Cell, 158, 1060-1071.
  22. Kim W, Racimo F, Schluter J, Levy SB, Foster KR. 2014. Importance of Positioning for Microbial Evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, E1639–E1647. Research Highlight in Nature. Research Highlight in PNAS.
  23. Crespi B, KR Foster and Úbeda F 2014 First principles of Hamiltonian medicine. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B. 369: 20130366.
  24. Mitri S, Foster KR 2013. The genotypic view of social interactions in microbial communities. Annual Review of Genetics,47:247–73.
  25. Koschwanez J, Foster KR, Murray AJ. 2013. Improved use of a public good selects for the evolution of undifferentiated multicellularity. eLife, 2:e00367. (Insight summary article by Gresham) (National Geographic article by Carl Zimmer)
  26. Cornforth DM, Foster KR 2013 Competition sensing: the social side of bacterial stress responses. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 4, 285-93. [Table S1, Box S2, Figure S3
  27. Schluter J, Foster KR. 2012. The evolution of mutualism in gut microbiota via host epithelial selection. PLoS Biology, 10(11): e1001424.
  28. Caldara M, Friedlander RS, Kavanaugh NL, Aizenberg K, Foster KR, Ribbeck K 2012. Mucin biopolymers prevent bacterial aggregation by retaining cells in the free-swimming state. Current Biology, 22, 2325–2330.
  29. Foster KR, Bell T. 2012. Competition, not cooperation, dominates interactions among culturable microbial species. Current biology 22, 1845–1850. [Supplementary material]. Research Highlight in Nature.
  30. Hoffmann K, Foster KR, Korb J. 2012. Nest value mediates reproductive decision making within termite societies. Behavioral Ecology, 23, 1203-1208.                                   
  31. Koschwanez J, Foster KR, Murray AJ. 2011. Sucrose utilization in budding yeast as a model for the origin of undifferentiated multicellularity. Plos Biology, 9(8): e1001122. Supplementary material; ("Synopsis" article by Robinson)
  32. Korolev KS, Xavier JB, Nelson DR, Foster KR 2011. A quantitative test of population genetics using spatio-genetic patterns in bacterial colonies. American Naturalist, 178: 538-552.
  33. Mitri S, Xavier J, Foster KR 2011 Social evolution in multispecies biofilms Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 Suppl 2: 10839-46.
  34. Foster K.R. 2011 The secret social lives of microorganisms. Microbe, 6:183-186.
  35. Foster KR. 2011 The sociobiology of molecular systems. Nature Reviews Genetics, 12: 193-203.
  36. Xavier J, Kim W, Foster KR 2011 A molecular mechanism that stabilizes cooperative secretions in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Molecular Microbiology 79, 166-179 Supplementary figures Editor's Choice in Science magazine.
  37. Foster KR. 2011 Q&A Current Biology, 21, R58-59
  38. Ratnieks FLW, Foster KR, Wenseleers T. 2011 Darwin's special difficulty: the evolution of "neuter insects" and current theory. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65:481–492.
  39. Korb J, Foster KR 2010 Ecological competition favours cooperation in termite societies. Ecology Letters, 13: 754-760.
  40. Nadell CD, Foster KR, Xavier J. 2010 Emergence of spatial structure in cell groups and the evolution of cooperation. PLoS Computational Biology, 6: e1000716.
  41. Foster KR, Pizzari T 2010 The secret society of sperm. Current Biology, 20: R314-316.
  42. Foster KR 2010 Social behavior in microorganisms. In: Social behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution (Tamas Szekely, Allen J. Moore & Jan Komdeur, eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  43. Wenseleers, T, Gardner A, Foster KR 2010 Social evolution theory: a review of methods and approaches. In: Social behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution (Tamas Szekely, Allen J. Moore & Jan Komdeur, eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  44. Korb J, Weil T, Hoffmann K, Foster KR, Rehli M 2009. A gene required for reproductive suppression in termites. Science, 324: 758. [Supplementary data]
  45. Foster KR 2009 A defense of sociobiology. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Press,74: 403-418.
  46. Baker AS, Foster KR 2009 Vulgarogamasus sphecophilus (Cooreman) comb. nov. (Acari: Mesostigmata: Parasitidae): a redescription and new hymenopteran association. Zootaxa, 2088: 51–64.
  47. Xavier J, Martinez-Garcia E. & Foster, KR 2009 Social evolution of spatial patterns in bacterial biofilms: when conflict drives disorder. American Naturalist, 174: 1-12. [Supplement]
  48. Nadell CD, Xavier J, & Foster, KR 2009 The sociobiology of biofilms. FEMS microbiology reviews,33: 206-224.
  49. Foster KR, Kokko H 2009 The evolution of superstitious and superstition-like behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 276: 31-37. [Supplement].
  50. Smukalla S, Caldara M, Pochet N, Beauvais A, Guadagnini S, Yan C, Vinces MD, Jansen A, Christine Prevost M, Latge J, Fink GR, Foster KR, Verstrepen KJ 2008. FLO1 is a variable green beard gene that drives biofilm-like cooperation in budding yeast. Cell, 135: 727-737. [Supplementary data] ["In this issue" highlight] [Commentary by Brown and Buckling] [Commentary by Queller]
  51. Lehmann L, Foster KR, Borenstein E, Feldman, MW 2008 Social and individual learning of helping in humans and other species. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 23: 664-671.
  52. Pizzari, T, Foster KR 2008 Sperm sociality: cooperation, altruism, and spite. Plos Biology, 6: e130.
  53. Lehmann L, Feldman MW, Foster KR 2008 Cultural transmission can inhibit the evolution of altruistic helping. American Naturalist, 172: 12-24.
  54. Nadell CD, Xavier J, Levin SA, & Foster, KR 2008 The evolution of quorum sensing in bacterial biofilms. PLoS Biology, 6: e14
  55. Gardner A & Foster KR 2008 The evolution and ecology of cooperation: history and concepts. In: Ecology of Social Evolution. (J. Korb & J. Heinz eds.), pp 1-36. Springer.
  56. Foster, KR 2008 Behavioral ecology: Altruism. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology, pp 154-159. Elsevier
  57. Foster, K. R. and Xavier, J. B. 2007 Cooperation: Bridging ecology and sociobiology. Current Biology, 17: R319-R321 (Commentary on Brockhurst et al. 2007).
  58. Gilbert, O., Foster, K. R., Mehdiabadi, N. J., Strassmann, J. E, and Queller, D. C. 2007 High relatedness maintains multicellular cooperation in a social amoeba by controlling cheater mutants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104: 8913-8917.
  59. Rankin, D. J. , López-Sepulcre, A., Foster, K.R. Kokko, H. 2007. Species-level selection reduces selfishness through competitive exclusion. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20: 1459-1468.
  60. Xavier, J.B., and Foster, K.R. 2007 Cooperation and conflict in microbial biofilms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104: 876-881. ["In this issue" highlight]
  61. Foster, K.R., Parkinson, K. and Thompson, C. R. L. 2007 What can microbial genetics teach sociobiology? Trends in Genetics, 23:73-80.
  62. Kuzdzal-Fick, J.J., Foster, K. R., Queller, D. C., and Strassmann, J. E. 2007. Exploiting new terrain: an advantage to sociality in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, Behavioral Ecology, 18: 433-437.
  63. Ratnieks, F.L.W., Helanterä, H., and Foster, K. R. 2007 Are mistakes inevitable? Sex allocation specialization by workers can reduce the genetic information needed to assess queen mating frequency. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 244: 470-477.
  64. Foster, K.R., Wenseleers, T., Ratnieks, F.L.W. and Queller, D. C. 2006. There is nothing wrong with inclusive fitness. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 21: 599-600 (reply to Fletcher et al. 2006)
  65. Foster, K.R. 2006. The Phoenix Effect. Nature, 441: 291-292 PDF (News and Views on Fiegna et al.)
  66. Foster, K.R., Kokko, H. 2006. Cheating can stabilise cooperation in mutualisms. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 273: 2233-2239.
  67. Foster, K.R. 2006. Balancing synthesis with pluralism in sociobiology Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19: 1394-1396 (commentary on the Target Review article by Lehmann and Keller)
  68. Foster, K.R., Wenseleers, T. 2006. A general model for the evolution of mutualisms Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19: 1283-1293
  69. Foster, K.R., Wenseleers, T. and Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2006. Kin selection is the key to altruism. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 21: 57-60
  70. Foster K.R. and Grundmann, H. 2006. Do we need to put society first? The potential for tragedy in antimicrobial resistance. PLoS Medicine, 3(2): e29
  71. Ratnieks, F.L.W., Foster, K.R. and Wenseleers, T. 2006. Conflict resolution in insect societies. Annual Review of Entomology 51: 581-608
  72. Foster KR, Ratnieks FLW 2005. A new eusocial vertebrate? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20: 363-364
  73. Foster KR. 2005. Hamiltonian medicine: why the social lives of pathogens matter. Science 308: 1269-127
  74. Castillo D, Switz G, Foster KR, Strassmann JS, Queller DC. 2005. A cost to chimerism in Dictyostelium discoideum on natural substrates. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7: 263-271
  75. Foster KR., Shaulsky G, Strassmann, J. E., Queller, D. C., Thompson, C. R. L. 2004. Pleiotropy as a mechanism to stabilise cooperation. Nature 431: 693-696
  76. Foster KR. 2004. Diminishing returns in social evolution: the not-so-tragic commons. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17:1058-1072
  77. Dani FR, Foster KR , Zacchi F, Seppä P, Massolo A, Carelli A, Arevalo E , Queller DC, Strassmann JE, Turillazzi S. 2004. Can cuticular lipids provide sufficient information for within colony nepotism in wasps? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 271: 745–753
  78. Queller, D.C., Foster, K.R., Fortunato, A. & Strassmann, J.E 2003. Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. In: Kikuchi, T., Kubo, T., & Higashi, S. Social Insects and Sociogenetics (pps 173-200). Hokkaido University Press. Sapporo, Japan.
  79. Foster KR, Fortunato A, Strassmann JE, Queller DC. 2002. The costs and benefits of being a chimera. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 269: 2357–2362.
  80. Foster KR, Gulliver J, Ratnieks FLW. 2002.Why workers do not reproduce: worker policing in the European hornet Vespa crabro. Insectes sociaux, 49: 41-44.
  81. Foster KR, Wenseleers T, Ratnieks FLW. 2001. Spite: Hamilton’s unproven theory. Annales Zooogici Fennici, 38: 229-238.
  82. Ratnieks FLW, Monnin T, Foster KR. 2001. Inclusive fitness theory: novel predictions and tests in eusocial Hymenoptera. Annales Zooogici Fennici, 38: 201-215.
  83. Foster KR, Ratnieks FLW. 2001. The effect of sex allocation biasing on the evolution of worker policing in hymenopteran societies. American Naturalist, 158: 615-623.
  84. Foster KR and Ratnieks FLW. 2001. Paternity, reproduction and conflict in vespine wasps: a model system for testing kin selection predictions. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50: 1-8.
  85. Foster KR, Ratnieks FLW, Gyllenstrand N, Thorén PA. 2001. Colony kin structure and male production in Dolichovespula wasps. Molecular Ecology, 10: 1003-1010.
  86. Foster KR, Ratnieks FLW. 2001. Convergent evolution of worker policing by egg eating in the honey bee and common wasp. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 268: 169-174.
  87. Foster KR. 2000 The conflict over male production in vespine wasps. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Sheffield.
  88. Foster, K. R., Ratnieks, F. L. W. 2000. Facultative worker policing in a social wasp. Nature, 407: 692-693.
  89. Foster, K. R., Wenseleers, T., Ratnieks, F. L. W. 2000. Spite in social insects. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15: 469-470.
  90. Foster, K. R., Ratnieks, F. L. W., Raybould, A. F. 2000. Do hornets have zombie workers? Molecular Ecology, 9: 735-742.
  91. Foster, K. R., Seppä, P., Ratnieks, F. L. W., Thorén, P. A. 1999. Low paternity in the hornet Vespa crabro indicates that multiple mating by queens is derived in vespine wasps. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 46: 252-257.