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  1. Hernandez-Cumplido, J., Forter, B., Moreira, X., Heil, M. & Benrey, B. (2016) Induced floral and extrafloral nectar production affect ant-pollinator interactions and plant fitness. Biotropica publ. online. doi: 10.1111/btp.12283
  2. Stenberg, J.A., Heil, M., Åhman, I. & Björkman, C. (2015) Optimizing crops for biocontrol of pests and disease. Trends Plant Sci. 20 (11), 698-712. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.08.007
  3. Durán-Flores, D. & Heil, M. (2015) Growth inhibition by self-DNA: a phenomenon and its multiple explanations. New Phytol, 207 (3), 482-485. doi: 10.1111/nph.13542
  4. Quintana-Rodriguez, E., Morales-Vargas, A.T., Molina-Torres, J., Ádame-Alvarez, R.M., Acosta-Gallegos, J.A., & Heil, M. (2015) Plant volatiles cause direct, induced and associational resistance in common bean to the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum lindemuthianum. J Ecol 103 (1), 250-260. doi: doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12340
  5. Fischer, C., Lognay, G.C., Detrain, C. Heil, M., Grigorescu, A., Sabri, A., Thonart, P., Haubruge, E., Verheggen, F.J. (2015) Bacteria may enhace species association in an ant-aphid mutualistic relationship. Chemoecology, 25 (5) 223-232. doi: 10.1007/s00049-015-0188-3
  6. Heil, M. (2015) Manipulators live better, but are they always parasites? Trends Plant Sci., 20 (9), 538-540. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.08.001
  7. González-Teuber, M. & Heil, M. (2015) Comparative anatomy and physiology of myrmecophytes: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Res. Rep. Biodiv. Stud. 4, 21-32. doi: 10.2147/RRBS.S60420
  8. Heil, M. (2015) Extrafloral nectar at the plant-insect interface: a spotlight on chemical ecology, phenotypic plasticity, and food webs. Annu. Rev. Entomol.  60, 213-232. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-010814-020753
  9. Moctezuma, C., Hammerbacher, A., Heil, M., Geshenzon, J., Méndez-Alonso, R. & Oyama, K. (2014) Specific tannins are associated with defense against insect herbivores in the tropical oak Quercus oleoides. J Chem Ecol. 40
    (5) 458-467.
  10. Heil, M. (2014) Relevance versus reproducibility – solving a common dilemma in chemical ecology. J Chem Ecol 40: 315-316.
  11. Adame-Álvarez, R.M., Mendiola-Soto, J.& Heil, M. (2014) Order of arrival shifts endophyte-pathogen interactions in bean from resistance induction to disease facilitation. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 355: 100-107
  12. Millán-Cañongo, C., Orona-Tamayo, D. & Heil, M. (2014) Phloem sugar flux and jasmonic acid-responsive cell wall invertase control extrafloral nectar secretion in Ricinus communis. J Chem Ecol 40, publ. online DOI
  13. Navarro-Meléndez, A.L. & Heil, M. (2014) Symptomless endophytic fungi suppress endogenous levels of salicylic acid and interact with the jasmonate-dependent indirect defense traits of their host, Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus). J Chem Ecol 40, pul. Online DOI 10.1007/s10886-014-0477-2
  14. Heil, M. Barajas-Barron, A., Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N. & Svatos, A. (2014) Partner manipulation stabilizes a horizontally transmitted mutualism. Ecol. Lett., publ. online DOI: 10.1111/ele.12215
  15. García-Guzmán, G. & Heil, M. (2014) Life histories of hosts and pathogens predict patterns in tropical fungal plant disease. New Phytologist, publ. online DOI: 10.1111/nph.12562
  16. Orona-Tamayo , D. & Heil, M. (2013) Stabilizing mutualisms threatened by exploiters: new insights from ant-plant research. Biotropica 45(6), 654-665
  17. Ballhorn, D.J., Kautz, S. & Heil, M. (2013) Distance and sex determine host plant choice by herbivorous beetles. PLoS ONE, 8, e55602.
  18. Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N., Escalante-Pérez, M., Svatos, A., Molina-Torres, J., Muck, A., Ramirez-Chávez, A., Ádame-Alvarez, R.M. & Heil, M. (2013) Short-term proteomic dynamics reveal metabolic factory for active extrafloral nectar secretion by Acacia cornigera ant-plants. Plant Journal 73 (4): 546-554
  19. Heil, M. (2013) Let the best one stay: screening of ant defenders by Acacia host plants can function independently of partner choice or host sanctions. J. Ecol.  101 (3) : 684-688
  20. Orona-Tamayo, D., Wielsch, N., Blanco-Labra, A., Svatos, A., Farías-Rodríguez, R. & Heil, M. (2013) Exclusive rewards in mutualisms: ant proteases and plant protease inhibitors create a lock–key system to protect Acacia food bodies from exploitation. Mol. Ecol. 22 (15): 4087-4100
  21. Delaye, L, García-Guzmán, G. & Heil.M. (2013) Endophytes versus biotrophic and necrotrophic pathogens – are fungal lifestyles evolutionarily stable traits? Fungal Div. 60 (1): 125-135
  22. Girón-Calva, P.S., Molina-Torres, J. & Heil, M. (2012) Volatile dose and exposure time impact perception in neighboring plants. J Chem Ecol 37,226-228
  23. Heil, M., Ibarra-Laclette, E., Adame-Álvarez, R.M., Martínez, O., Ramirez-Chavez, E., Molina-Torres, J. & Herrera-Estrela, L. (2012) How plants sense wounds: Damaged-self recognition is based on plant-derived elicitors and induces octadecanoid signaling. PLoS ONE 7 (2), e30537
  24. Barrett, L. & Heil, M. (2012) Unifying concepts and mechanisms in the specificity of plant-enemy interactions. Trends Plant Sci 17 (5) 282-292.
  25. Agrawal, A.A. & Heil, M. (2012) Editoral - Benefits and shortcomings of the specificity paradigm. Trends Plant Sci 17 (5) 239-242
  26. Heil, M. (2012) Damaged-self recognition as a general strategy for injury detection. Plant Signal Behav 7 (5) 576-580
  27. Kautz, S., Ballhorn, D.J., Kroiss, J. Pauls, S.U., Moreau, C.S., Eilmus, E. Strohm, E. & Heil, M. (2012) Host use by competing acacia-ants: Mutualists monopolize while parasites share hosts. PLoS ONE 7 (5), e37691
  28. Córdova-Campos, O., Ádame-Alvarez, R.-M., Acosta-Gallegos, J.A. & Heil, M. (2012) Domestication affected the basal and induced disease resistance in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Eur J Plant Pathol, publ. online DOI: 10.1007/s10658-012-9995-3
  29. Heil, M. (2011) Nectar: generation, regulation and ecological functions. Trends Plant Sci. 16, doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2003.12.003
  30. Ballhorn, D.J., Kautz S., Jensen, M. Heil M. & Hegemann A.D. (2011) Genetic and environmental interactions determine plant defences against herbivores. J. Ecol 99 (1), 313-326
  31. Kessler, A. & Heil, M (2011) The multiple faces of indirect defences and their agents of natural selection. Funct Ecol DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2010.01818.x
  32. Heil, M. Editorial – (2011) Plant-mediated interactions among above- and below-ground communities at multiple trophic levels. J. Ecol 99 (1), 3-6
  33. De Román, M., Fernández, I., Wyatt, T., Sahrawy, M., Heil, M. Pozo, M.-J. (2011) Elicitation of foliar resistance mechanisms transiently impairs root association with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. J. Ecol 99 (1), 36-45
  34. Van Dam, N.M. & Heil, M. (2011) Multitrophic interactions below and above ground: en route to the next level. J. Ecol 99 (1), 77-88
  35. Heil, M. & Adame-Álvarez (2010). Short signalling distances make plant communication a soliloquy. Biol Lett. 6, 843-845
  36. Radhika, V., Kost, C., Boland, W. & Heil, M. (2010) Towards elucidating the differential regulation of floral and extrafloral nectar secretion. Plant Signal. Behav. 5(7) 924 - 926
  37. Heil, M. (2010) Ant-Plant Mutualisms. In: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE SCIENCES. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester
  38. González-Teubner, M. & Heil, M. (2010) Pseudomyrmex Ants and Acacia host plants join efforts to protect their mutualism from microbial threats. Plant Signal. Behav. 5 (7), 890-892
  39. Hernández-Cumplido, J., Benrey, B. & Heil, M. (2010) Attraction of flower visitors to plants that express indirect defence can minimise ecological costs of ant-pollinator conflicts. J. Trop. Ecol. 26, in press.
  40. Radhika, V., Kost, C., Boland, W. & Heil, M. (2010) The role of jasmonate signalling in floral nectar secretion. PLoS ONE 5, e9265
  41. Cipollini, D. & Heil, M. (2010) Costs and benefits of induced resistance to herbivores and pathogens in plants. CAB Rev.: Perspect. Agricult. Vet. Sci. Nutrit. Nat. Res. 5, No 005
  42. Heil, M. (2010) Resistance induction and priming by plant volatiles. Iobc/wprs bulletin.
  43. Yi, H.-S., Ryu, C.-M. & Heil, M. (2010) Sweet smells prepare plants for future stress: airborne induction of plant disease immunity. Plant Signal. Behav. 5, 528-531
  44. González-Teuber, M., Pozo, M.-J., Muck, A., Svatos, A. & Heil M. (2010) Glucanases and chitinases as causal agents in the protection of Acacia extrafloral nectar from infestation by phytopathogens. Plant Physiol. 152, 1705-1715
  45. Heil, M. (2010) Plastic defence expression in plants. Evol. Ecol. 24, 555-569.
  46. Kley, J., Heil, M., Muck, A., Svatoš, A. & Boland, W. (2010) Isolating intact chloroplasts from small Arabidopsis samples for proteomic studies. Analyt. Biochem 398, 198-202
  47. Heil, M., Orona-Tamayo, D., Eilmus, S., Kautz, S. & González-Teuber, M. (2010) Chemical communication and coevolution in an ant-plant mutualism. Chemoecology, 20, 63-74
  48. Heil, M. & Karban, R. (2010) Explaining evolution of plant communication by airborne signals. Trends Ecol. Evol 25, 137-144
  49. Kautz, S., Pauls, S.U., Ballhorn, D.J. & Heil, M. (2009) Polygynous supercolonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex peperi: an inferior colony founder. Mol. Ecol. 18, 5180-5194.
  50. Yi, H.-S., Heil, M., Adame-Álvarez, R.M., Ballhorn, D.J. & Ryu, C.-M. (2009) Airborne induction and priming of plant defenses against a bacterial pathogen. Plant Physiol. 151, 2152-2161.
  51. Heil, M., González-Teuber, M., Clement, L.W., Kautz, S., Verhaagh, M. & Silva Bueno, J.C. (2009) Divergent investment strategies of Acacia myrmecophytes and the coexistence of mutualists and exploiters. Proc. Natl. Acad .Sci. USA , 106 (43): 18091-18096
  52. González-Teuber, M. & Heil, M. (2009) Nectar chemistry is tailored for both attraction of mutualists and protection from exploiters Plant Signal. Behav. 4 (9), 809-813
  53. Ballhorn, D.J., Kautz S., Heil M. & Hegemann A.D. (2009) Analyzing plant defenses in nature. Plant Signal. Behav. 4 (8), 743-745
  54. Heil, M. (2009) Plant Communication. In: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE SCIENCES. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester communication.
  55. Eilmus, S. & Heil, M. (2009) Bacterial associates of arboreal ants and their putative functions in an obligate ant-plant mutualism. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75, 4324-4332
  56. Ballhorn, D.J., Kautz S., Heil M. & Hegemann A.D. (2009) Cyanogenesis of wild lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) is an efficient direct defence in nature. PLoS ONE 4, e5450
  57. Heil, M. (2009) Damaged-self recognition in plant herbivore defence. Trends Plant Sci. 14, 356-363
  58. González-Teuber, M. & Heil, M. (2009) The role of extrafloral nectar amino acids for the preferences of facultative and obligate ant mutualists. J. Chem. Ecol. 35, 459-468
  59. Heil, M. (2009) Book review for: Induced Plant Resistance to Herbivory. A. Schaller (Ed.) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2008) 462 pp, ISBN: 978-1-4020-8181-1. Bas. Appl. Ecol. 10, 583
  60. González-Teuber, M., Eilmus, S., Muck, A., Svatos, A. & Heil, M. (2009) Pathogenesis-related proteins protect extrafloral nectar from microbial infections. Plant J. 58, 464–473
  61. Kautz, S., Schmid, V.S., Trindl, A., Heinze, J., Ballhorn, D.J.  & Heil, M. (2009) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the plant-ant Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus (Formicidae: Pseudomyrmecinae) and cross-testing for two congeneric species. Mol. Ecol. Resoures 9, 1016-1019
  62. Kautz, S., Lumbsch, T.H., Ward, P.S. & Heil, M. (2009) How to prevent cheating: digestive specialization ties mutualistic plant-ants to their ant-plant partners. Evolution 63, 839-853
  63. Ballhorn, D.J., Kautz, S., Lion, U. & Heil, M. (2008) Qualitative variability of lima bean’s VOC bouquets and its putative consequences on plant-plant communication Plant Signal. Behav. 3, 1005-1007
  64. Ballhorn, D.J., Schiwy, S., Jensen, M. & Heil, M. (2008) Quantitative variability of direct chemical defense in primary and secondary leaves of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) and consequences for a natural herbivore. J Chem Ecol 34, 1298-1301
  65. Radhika, V., Kost, S., Bartram, S., Heil, M. & Boland, W. (2008) Testing the optimal defence hypothesis for two indirect defences: secretion of extrafloral nectar and emission of volatile organic compounds. Planta 228, 449-457
  66. Ballhorn D.J., Kautz S., Lion U. & Heil, M. (2008) Trade-offs between direct and indirect defences of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus). J. Ecol 96., 971-980
  67. Heil, M. (2008) Rico-Gray, V. & Oliveira, P.S. 2007: The ecology and evolution of ant-plant interactions. Myrmecol. News 11: 78 (invited book review).
  68. Heil, M. & Ton, J. (2008) Long-distance signalling in plant defence. Trends Plant Sci. 13, 264-272
  69. Heil, M. (2008) Ants and plants – a world of interactions. Trends Ecol. Evol. 23, 253-254. (invited book review).
  70. Heil, M. (2008) Indirect defence via tritrophic interactions. New Phytologist 178, 41-61
  71. Clement, L., Köppen, S.C.W., Brand, W.A., & Heil, M. (2008) Strategies of a parasite of the ant-Acacia mutualism. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62, 953-962.
  72. Kost, C. & Heil, M. (2008) The defensive role of volatile emission and extrafloral nectar secretion for Lima bean in nature. J Chem. Ecol. 34, 2-13
  73. Ballhorn, D., Heil, M., Pietrowski, A., Lieberei, R. (2007) Quantitative effects of cyanogenesis on an adapted herbivore. J. Chem. Ecol. 33, 2195-2208
  74. Walters, D. & Heil, M. (2007) Costs and trade-offs associated with induced resistance. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 71, 3-17
  75. Walters, D. & Heil, M. (2007) Costs and trade-offs associated with induced resistance. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 71, 3-17
  76. Heil, M. & Silva Bueno, J.C. (2007) Herbivore-induced volatiles as rapid signals in systemic plant responses. Plant Signal. Behav. 2, 191-193
  77. Heil, M. & Silva Bueno, J.C. (2007) Within-plant signalling by volatiles leads to induction and priming of an indirect plant defence in nature. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 5467-5472.
  78. Heil, M. & Ploss, K (2006) Induced resistance enzymes in wild plants – do ‘early birds’ escape from pathogen attack? Naturwissenschaften 93: 455-460.
  79. Heil, M. & Kost, C. (2006) Priming of indirect defences. Ecol. Lett. 9: 813-817.
  80. Ballhorn, D.J., Heil, M. & Lieberei, R. (2006) Phenotypic plasticity of cyanogenesis in lima bean Phaseolus lunatus - activity and activation of ß-glucosidase. J. Chem. Ecol. 32: 261-275.
  81. Kost, C. & Heil, M. (2006) Herbivore-induced plant volatiles induce an indirect defence in neighbouring plants. J. Ecol. 94, 619-628
  82. Heil, M., Rattke, J., Boland, W. (2005) Post-secretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant mutualism. Science 308 (5721), 560-563
  83. Heil, M., Büchler, R. & Boland, M. (2005) Quantification of invertase activity in ants under field conditions. J. Chem. Ecol. 31, 431-437
  84. Dietrich, R., Ploss, K., & Heil, M. (2005) Growth responses and fitness costs after induction of pathogen resistance depend on environmental conditions. Plant Cell Environ. 28, 211-222
  85. Kost, C. & Heil, M. (2005) Increased availability of extrafloral nectar reduces herbivory in Lima bean plants (Phaseolus lunatus). Basic Appl. Ecol. 6, 237-248
  86. Dietrich, R., Ploß, K. & Heil, M. (2004) Constitutive and induced resistance to pathogens in Arabidopsis thaliana depend on nitrogen supply. Plant Cell Environ. 27, 896-906
  87. Heil, M., Baumann, B., Krüger, R. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Main nutrient compounds in food bodies of Mexican Acacia ant-plants. Chemoecol. 14, 45-52
  88. Heil, M., Feil, D., Hilpert, A. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Spatio-temporal patterns in indirect defence of a South-East Asian ant-plant support the optimal defence hypothesis. J. Trop. Ecol. 20, 573-580
  89. Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Krüger, R. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2004) Competition among visitors to extrafloral nectaries as a source of ecological costs of an indirect defence. J. Trop. Ecol. 20, 201-208
  90. Heil, M., Greiner, S., Meimberg, H., Krüger, R., Heubl., G. Noyer, J.-L., Linsenmair, K.E. & Boland, W. (2004) Evolutionary change from induced to constitutive expression of an indirect plant resistance. Nature 430, 205-208
  91. Heil, M. (2004) Direct defense or ecological costs?? Responses of herbivorous beetles to volatiles released by wild Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus). J. Chem. Ecol. 30, 1289-1295
  92. Heil, M. (2004) Induction of two indirect defences benefits Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) in nature. J. Ecol. 92, 527-536
  93. Heil, M. & McKey, D. (2003) Protective ant-plant interactions as model systems in ecological and evolutionary research. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst. 34, 425-453
  94. Heil, M., Baumann, B., Andary, C., Linsenmair, K.E., McKey, D. (2002) Extraction and quantification of “condensed tannins“ as valuable measure of plant anti-herbivore defence? Revisiting an old problem. Naturwissenschaften 89: 519-524
  95. Heil, M., Delsinne, T., Hilpert, A., Schürkens, S., Andary, C., Linsenmair, K.E., Sousa, M.S. & McKey, D. (2002) Reduced chemical defence in ant-plants? A critical re-evaluation of a widely accepted hypothesis. Oikos 99: 457-468
  96. Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., bin Hashim, R., Strohm, E., Zotz, G. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2002) Nutrient allocation of Macaranga triloba ant plants to growth, photosynthesis, and indirect defence. Funct. Ecol. 16: 475-483
  97. Heil, M. & Bostock, R. (2002) Induced systemic resistance (ISR) against pathogens in the context of induced plant defences. Ann. Bot. 89: 503-512
  98. Heil, M. & Baldwin, I. (2002) Fitness costs of induced resistance: emerging experimental support for a slippery concept. Trends Plant Sci. 7: 61-67
  99. Heil, M. (2002) Ecological costs of induced resistance. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 5: 345-350
  100. Linsenmair, K.E., Heil, M., Kaiser, W.M., Fiala, B., Koch, T.& Boland, W. (2001) Adaptations to biotic and abiotic stress: Macaranga-ant plants optimise investment in biotic defence. J. Exp. Bot. 52: 2057-2065
  101. Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., Linsenmair, KE (2001) Nutrient availability and indirect (biotic) defence in a Malaysian ant-plant. Oecologia 126: 404-408
  102. Heil, M., Fiala, B., Maschwitz, U. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2001) On benefits of indirect defence: short- and long-term studies of antiherbivore protection via mutualistic ants. Oecologia 126: 395-403
  103. Heil, M., Koch, T., Hilpert, A., Fiala, B., Boland, W. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2001) Extrafloral nectar production of the ant-associated plant, Macaranga tanarius, is an induced, indirect, defensive response elicited by jasmonic acid. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98: 1083-1088
  104. Heil, M. (2001) Induced systemic resistance (ISR) against pathogens – a promising field for ecological research. Perspect. Plant Ecol. Evol. Syst. 4: 65-79
  105. Heil, M. (2001) The ecological concept of costs of induced systemic resistance (ISR) Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 107: 137-146
  106. Heil, M., Staehelin, C. & McKey D. (2000) Low chitinase activity in Acacia myrmecophytes: a potential trade-off between biotic and chemical defences? Naturwissenschaften 87: 555-558
  107. Heil, M., Hilpert, A., Kaiser, W. & Linsenmair, K.E (2000) Reduced growth and seed set following chemical induction of pathogen defence: does systemic acquired resistance (SAR) incur allocation costs? J. Ecol. 88: 645-654
  108. Heil, M., Fiala, B., Baumann, B. & Linsenmair, K.E. (2000) Temporal, spatial and biotic variation in extrafloral nectar secretion by Macaranga tanarius. Funct. Ecol. 14: 749-757
  109. Heil, M (2000) Different strategies for studying ecological aspects of systemic acquired resistance (SAR). J. Ecol. 88: 707-708
  110. Heil, M., Fiala, B., Boller, T. & Linsenmair, K.E. (1999) Reduced chitinase activities in ant plants of the genus Macaranga. Naturwissenschaften 86: 146-149
  111. Heil, M. (1999) Systemic acquired resistance: available information and open ecological questions. J. Ecol. 87: 341-346
  112. Heil, M., Fiala, B., Kaiser, W. & Linsenmair, K.E. (1998) Chemical contents of Macaranga food bodies: adaptations to their role in ant attraction and nutrition. Funct. Ecol. 12: 117-122
  113. Heil, M., Fiala, B., Linsenmair, K.E., Zotz, G., Menke, P. & Maschwitz, U. (1997) Food body production in Macaranga triloba (Euphorbiaceae): a plant investment in anti-herbivore defence via symbiotic ant partners. J. Ecol 85: 847-861
  114. Heil, M. (1995) Differenzierungen und Dynamik in der Grünlandvegetation des Hafenlohrtals (Spessart): Nutzung als dominierender Standortfaktor. (Differentations and dynamics in the greenland vegetation of the Hafenlohrtal (Spessart, Germany). Land use as dominant site factor). Tuexenia 15: 295-327


  1. Heil, M. (1998) Quantitative Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse verschiedener Ameisen-Pflanzen-Assoziationen innerhalb der Gattung Macaranga. Wissenschaft & Technik Verlag, Berlin.

Book chapters

  1. McKey, D., Gaume, L., Brouat, C., di Giusto, B., Pascal, L., Debout, G., Dalecky, A., Heil, M. (2005) The trophic structure of tropical ant-plant-herbivore interactions: community consequences and coevolutionary dynamics. pp 386-413 in: Burslem, D., Pinard, M., Hartley, S. (eds.) Biotic Interactions in the tropics: Their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity. Cambridge University Press
  2. Heil, M. (2005) Plant protection by induced systemic resistance (ISR) - chances and potential risks. pp 1254-1275 In: Dris, R. (ed.) Crops: Growth, quality and biotechnology. WFL publisher, Helsinki.
  3. Heil, M. (2007) Trade-offs associated with induced resistance. pp 157-177 In: Walters, D., Newton, C.A., Lyon, G.D. (eds) Induced Resistance for Plant Defence: a sustainable approach to crop protection. Blackwell, Oxford, U.K, 258 pp.
  4. Heil, M. (2007) Indirect defence – recent developments and open questions. pp 360-395 In: Lüttke, U., Beyschlag, W., Murata, J. (eds.) Progress in Botany Vol. 69. Springer, Berlin. 479 pp.
  5. Heil, M. (2009) Airborne induction and priming of defences. pp 137-152 In: Baluška, F. (ed.) Plant – Environment Interactions: From Sensory Plant Biology to Active Plant Behavior (Series: Signaling and Communication in Plants) Springer, Berlin. 308 pp.
  6. Heil, M. & Walters, D. (2009) Ecological consequences of plant defence signalling. Chapter 15. pp 667-716 In: L.C. van Loon (ed.) ‘Plant Innate Immunity’, Elsevier, Amsterdam.
  7. Heil, M. & Ton, J. (2010) Systemic resistance induction by vascular and airborne signalling pp. 279-306 In: Lüttke, U., Beyschlag, W., Murata, J. (eds.) Progress in Botany Vol. 71. Springer, Berlin.
  8. Heil, M. (2010) Within-plant signalling by volatiles triggers systemic defences. pp. 99-112 In: F. Baluška & V. Ninkovic (eds.) Plant Communication from an Ecological Perspective. Springer, Berlin.