Interactions Bioculturelles

Doyle McKEY

Formé d’abord à l’étude des mutualismes entre plantes et animaux dans les écosystèmes tropicaux, j’applique maintenant l’écologie évolutive à des systèmes couplés humains/nature. J’étudie comment l’évolution des plantes sous la domestication est façonnée par les pratiques agricoles en interaction avec la sélection naturelle, utilisant le manioc et d’autres plantes propagées par voie clonale comme systèmes modèles. J’étudie aussi les interactions entre humains et écosystèmes dans les savanes tropicales saisonnièrement inondées, comparant des systèmes de subsistance convergents en Afrique (systèmes actuels) et en Amérique du Sud (vestiges de systèmes précolombiens) pour enrichir réciproquement l’archéologie et l’ethnoécologie.

Trained in the study of plant/animal mutualisms in tropical ecosystems, I now apply the evolutionary-ecological approach to coupled human and natural systems. I study how plant evolution under domestication is shaped by human agricultural practices and natural selection, using manioc and other clonally propagated crops as model systems. I also study interactions between humans and ecosystems in seasonal tropical wetlands, comparing convergent subsistence systems in Africa (present-day) and South America (pre-Columbian vesqtiges) to cross-fertilize both archaeology and ethnoecology.

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Université de Montpellier

Campus du CNRS
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34293 Montpellier 5

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Mots-clés : Organisme biologique :  Fourmis-plantes à fourmis, manioc - Milieu : tropical - Discipline : Ecologie évolutive - Technique :  Mutualisme - parasitisme
Thématique :  coévolution, domestication - Autres mots clés : biologie de la conservation, ressources génétiques, interactions bio-culturelles.


-         Texas A&M University, 1967-1971 (B.S., Wildlife Science, 1971)

-         Graduate School, University of Chicago, 1971-1972

-         Graduate School, University of Michigan, 1972-1979 (Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 1979)

-         Advisor: Daniel H. Janzen

-         Postdoctoral studies, University of Wisconsin, 1979-1980

-         Advisor: J. Stephen Gartlan (Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center)

Current research interests

           Tropical rainforest ecology, especially biotic interactions:

-         The evolution of symbiotic ant-plant mutualisms: myrmecophytes and their ant associates.

-         Fig biology, especially interactions between figs and their pollinators and seed dispersal agents.

-         Comparative biology: combining phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary ecology to study pattern and process in evolution, particularly in coevolved mutualisms.

-         The evolution of plant anti-herbivore defenses, in particular the relationships among chemical, phenological and biotic defenses in the anti-herbivore defense system of the plant.

           Biocultural interactions:

-         The intersection of ethnobiology and evolutionary biology:

-         Evolutionary biology of domestication of vegetatively propagated crops, with cassava as the principal model.

-         Ecology of forest yams: growth strategies, biotic defence, and harvest of tubers by human foragers.

-         Ethnobiology of hunting-gathering peoples and swidden cultivators in tropical rainforest.

-         The impact of ancient human activities on contemporary functioning of ecosystems: Pre-Columbian raised fields and the ecology of seasonally flooded coastal savannas in French Guiana.

-         The diffusion of crops, farming techniques and peoples in Amazonia.

Academic career

-         Present position: Professor in Ecology, University of Montpellier II, France (1995-present)

-         NSF pre-doctoral fellow, 1971-1974

-         Research associate, Center for Field Research and Conservation, New York Zoological Society: ecology and behavior of black colobus monkeys in Cameroon (1973-1975)

-         Research associate and NSF post-doctoral fellow, Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, Primate Ecology Unit: ecological and phytochemical studies in African rainforests (Cameroon, 1975-1976)

-         Full-time instructor, Organization for Tropical Studies field course 77-3 and 78-3, Costa Rica

-         Lecturer, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Michigan (1978)

-         Instructor, Temple University European Program (Basic Mathematics), Berlin (1980-1981)

-         Lecturer, University of Maryland European Campus (Biological Conservation), Berlin (1980-1981)

-         Assistant professor, Zoologisches Institut, University of Basel (Switzerland) (1981-1985)

-         Associate Professor and Coordinator, Program in Tropical Biology, University of Miami, Department of Biology (1985-1994)

-         Sabbatical Year (1992) in France : Institut de Botanique (Université Montpellier II) and CEFE ; visiting scholar fellowship at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire d’Ecologie (Brunoy)

-         Professor in Ecology, University of Montpellier II, France (1995-present)

-         Instructor, Tropical Biology Association (European analogue of OTS), field courses in Uganda, 1994, 1996

-         Délégation au CNRS (sabbatical leave for research in a CNRS laboratory) (2005-2007)

Honors and awards

-         Visiting Professor (Shell Environmental Fellow), Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 1996 (Brunei    $ 60 000)

-         Prix Terra Ficaria, Fondation Yves Rocher-Institut de France, 2006 (prize for research on relationships between people and plants) (20 000 €)

-         Prix Clio pour la recherche archéologique (récompense des missions archéologiques francophones travaillant à l'étranger). 2ème prix, S. Rostain et D. McKey. 2008.

Field experience

-         North America: subtropical woodlands of south Florida, coastal prairies of south Texas; Bahamas: Exuma Cays: dry shrubland and coral reefs

-         South America: French Guiana, Guyana, Brazil: savanna and forest-savanna ecotone habitats, xeric refugia (rock-savannas) of inselbergs

-         Central America: Costa Rica, Panama; diverse habitats

-         Africa: Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone; rainforest and savanna

-         Tropical Asia: South India, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Thailand, Yunnan; dipterocarp forests and other moist forests

-         Europe: France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland: temperate deciduous forest, Mediterranean communities

Grants and awards

-         National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (1971-1974)

-         National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (1978-1980): phytochemical studies in African rainforests and plant/insect herbivore interactions

-         Swiss National Research Council, 1983-1986: SF 126,000 for studying "Biology and host-plant relationships of leaf-mining agromyzid flies on umbelliferous plants"

-         Swiss Society for the Study of Nature, 1983: SF 5,000 for research travel to Cameroon

-         NIH in-house grant by the University of Miami, 1986: $5,000 for a field vehicle in Cameroon

-         National Science Foundation, U.S.-French Program: $4,252 for "Joint U.S. -French Seminar on the Biology of Figs in Seasonal Environments" (May 1987)

-         National Science Foundation, Biotic Systems and Resources: $52,000 for the Silver Anniversary Symposium of the Organization for Tropical Studies, "Resource Availability and the Structure and Functioning of Tropical Ecosystems", 1988 (Co-PI with Dr. J. M. Savage)

-         General Research Support Award, University of Miami: $2,000 for ecological studies of figs.

-         Committee for Research and Exploration, National Geographic Society, $9,900 for "Geographic Variation in Associations Between Ants and Leonardoxa (Leguminosae)." (1989)

-         General Research Support Award, University of Miami: $2,000 for "Seed Bank Dynamics in Two Species of Sesbania (Leguminosae)". Co-PI Martine Hossaert

-         National Science Foundation, International Programs: $19,968 for "Responses of the Fig-Pollinator Mutualism to Environmental Constraints". Co-PI Dr. Judith Bronstein (University of Arizona); counterpart CNRS proposal, PI Dr. Finn Kjellberg (CEFE, Montpellier) (1992)

-         L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Foraging Peoples Fellowship: $20,000 for "Demography of Wild Yams: Effects of Exploitation and Management by the Baka Pygmies." Sponsor for Dr. Edmond Dounias, the applicant for this postdoctoral fellowship, and PI for the grant, which was administered through the University of Miami. (1992)

-         Brunei Shell Environmental Fellowship. Biodiversity of Ficus on the island of Borneo (1996-1999).

-         ASCV 7 (CNRS, program “Environment, Vie et Sociétés”) : “ Les mutualismes plantes insectes : Processus de coévolution et de diversification  FF 120,000 (1998)

-         APFT (Future of Tropical Rainforest Peoples; DG VIII, European Commission). Member of Scientific Council and responsible for ecological aspects of biodiversity issues.

-         Bilateral programme CNRS/Germany, with Dr. U. Maschwitz, University of Frankfurt. "Comparative study of neotropical, African and tropical Asian myrmecophytes" (1998).

-         Bureau des Ressources Génétiques, “Dynamic management of genetic diversity in a traditional agro-ecosystem : cassava cultivation by Makushi Amerindians of Guyana” (150,000 FF) (1997).

-         Programme National “Dynamics of Biodiversity: Interspecies Interactions” (CNRS, Paris) : “Coevolutionary processus in ant-plant protection mutualisms: a comparative and experimental approach” (100,000 FF) (1998-2000).

-         Bureau des Ressources Génétiques (Paris) : “L’Ecologie evolutive dans les champs du manioc: premiers pas vers la gestion dynamique in situ des ressources génétiques” (140,000 FF) (2000-2001)

-         Bureau des Ressources Génétiques, “Le syndrome de domestication chez le manioc : les traits sélectionnés, leur déterminisme génétique et les processus impliqués dans l’évolution d’une plante propagée végétativement par l’homme » (200,000 FF) (2001-2002)

-         Institut Français de la Biodiversité, “Dynamique de la coévolution en populations structurées : influence des perturbations naturelles et anthropiques sur le maintien de la diversité intra- et inter-spécifique dans un réseau coévolué de plantes et de fourmis” (310,000 FF) (2001-2003).

-         Ministry of Research and Higher Education, France, Program on impact of biotechnologies in agroecosystems, “Propagation de transgènes dans les populations polyvariétales des agroécosystèmes traditionnels: le cas du manioc, plante à système de reproduction mixte sexué/clonal” (FF 300,000) (2002-2003)

-         National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, “Disturbance and maintenance of diversity in a coevolved ant-plant symbiosis” ($19,400) (2003-2004).

-         Institut Français de la Biodiversité, “En amont de la gestion participative des ressources génétiques : l’impact des pratiques et savoirs locaux sur l’évolution des populations de plantes domestiquées”, 109.000 € (2003-2005).

-         Ministère de l’Ecologie et du Développement Durable, France, programme “Ecosystèmes Tropicaux”, “Structuration spatiale de la diversité génétique des espèces spontanées de Manihot (Euphorbiaceae) en Guyane française : De la phylogéographie à la biologie de conservation des parents sauvages du manioc, 75.000 € (2003-2005).

-         Contrat Plan Etat-Region Guyane, 11.000 €, complementary funds for the cassava project (2003-2004).

-         Mission pour un parc dans le sud de la Guyane, 18.000 €, for helicopter missions to collect Manihot spp. from inselbergs in southern French Guiana (2003-2004).

-         Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, France, “Développement Durable et Dynamique des Savoirs Locaux sur les Ressources : Etudes de Cas en Milieux Tropicaux”, Action Concertée Incitative “Sociétés et Cultures dans le Développement Durable”, 15.000 € for a component comparing genetic diversity in cassava and its management in traditional agricultural settings in Amazonia and Africa (2004-2006).

-         Ministry of Research and Higher Education, France, Program on impact of biotechnologies in agroecosystems, Introgression du manioc domestique dans les populations d’espèces apparentées sauvages :  Implications pour la diffusion de transgènes (€ 111 000) (2004-2006).

-         Contrat Plan Etat-Region Guyane, 11.000 €, complementary funds for the cassava project (2006-2007).

-         Terra Ficaria Prize, Fondation Yves Rocher/Institut de France, 20 000€, for “Maintaining the evolutionary potential of a clonally propagated crop plant in an area of introduction: farmers’ perceptions and practices and the development of a secondary centre of cassava diversity in Vanuatu” (2006-current).

-         Programme interdisciplinaire Amazonie, CNRS Guyane, 40 000€ for “Prehistoric raised fields: their history, their soils, and their impact on the functioning of contemporary ecosystems in the coastal savannas of French Guiana” (2007-2008).

-         Programme interdisciplinaire Ingénierie Ecologique, CNRS, 23 000€ for « Buttes AutOrganisées : Gradients environnementaux, dynamique des populations d’ingénieurs naturels, et états stables alternatifs d’écosystèmes : applications de l’étude des savanes côtières guyanaises à la théorie et à la pratique de l’ingénierie écologique » (2008).

           Current grants :

-         Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, 60.000 € for the component “ant-plant symbioses” of the project “Les îles forestières africaines : modèle d’une nouvelle approche de la dynamique de structuration de la biodiversité” (total 650 000 €); coordinator Michel Veuille, MNHN (2006-2009).

-         Génoscope, Centre National de Séquençage (France), “Understanding and conserving plant biodiversity across tropical forest biomes: a multi-level phylogenetic approach based on DNA sequences”. 2007-2008. I am principal investigator. Award of funding of 78 000 sequences, including barcoding (tree species of French Guiana, La Réunion) and sequencing of chloroplast genes for phylogeography (Central African forest trees).

-         Programme Amazonie Phase 2, CNRS Guyane, 200 000€ for “Ecology and archaeology of the coastal savannas of French Guiana: landscapes co-constructed by man and nature?” (2008-2011).

Evaluation and administration of research

- Member of numerous jurys (Ph.D. and ‘HDR’ [‘Habilitation to direct research’])

- Member of the Scientific Council, “Future of Tropical Forest Peoples”, a 5-year program (1995-2000) funded by the European Commission (DG VIII).

- Member of the Executive Council, Tropical Biology Association (European consortium for field courses in tropical biology), 1997-present.

- Named member of the Comité National du CNRS, section 30 (ecology and population biology), 2000.

- Expert, Mission Scientifique Universitaire, Ministry of Research and Higher Education, France, 2001.

- Expert, Ministère de l’Aménagement Territorial et de l’environnement: Commission ‘Invasions biologiques’, named to the commission in 2000

- Member, Comité de spécialistes, section CNU 67, Université Montpellier II

- Member, Conseil Scientifique, programme « Invasions Biologiques », MEDD (Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, France), 2002-2006

- President, Conseil Scientifique, programme “Sud Expert Plantes”, MAE (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France), September 2006-present

- Member, Comité de Pilotage, programme IFORA (“Iles Forestières Africaines”), ANR Biodiversité (October 2006-present)

- Reviewer for ANR (French National Agency for Research), four panels : “Chaires d’Excellence”, “Jeunes Chercheurs”, “Biodiversité” and “Appels Blancs” (2006-present)

- Member of the Scientific Council, Programme Amazonie of the CNRS Guyane, 2007-present

- President of the Scientific Council, Programme Ecosystèmes Tropicaux (MEEDAD), 2008-present

- Reviewer for numerous professional journals (Evolution, Ecology, New Phytologist, Oikos, Oecologia, PNAS, Science, Nature,….) and granting agencies in several fields (biology, geography, anthropology).

- Reviewed (at the request of the University of Chicago Press) the English translation (‘To Be a Parasite’) by Daniel Simberloff of the book ‘L’art d’être Parasite’ by Claude Combes.


Courses at all university levels, from first-year students to beginning and advanced graduate courses. Full service (192 hours equivalent) each year (on delegation to the CNRS, 2006-2007). Developed new courses at both introductory and advanced levels. These new courses include a 50-hour module in ‘Environment, Society, and Global Change’ for second-year university students (‘DEUG, 4ème période’), a 50-hour module in ‘Biocultural Interactions and Human Ecology’ for fourth-year students, and a 30-hour module in ‘Ethnoecology’ at the graduate level. Played a role in developing the ‘Unité de Découverte—Biodiversité’ for first-year students at Université Montpellier II. I taught in both teaching-oriented and research-oriented ‘filières’ in Licence (3rd-year) and Maîtrise (4th-year), and (since 2004) in the new  European LMD (Licence, Master, Doctorat) system. I am responsible for several courses in the Master, including ‘Ecology’ (conducted wholly in English) and ‘Biocultural Interactions and Human Ecology’. I am on the planning team for a “parcours” on tropical plant biodiversity of the Master BGAE (Biologie, Géoressources, Agronomie, Environnement) planned to begin in 2010.


A. Publications in international peer-reviewed journals


  1. MCKEY D. (1974). Adaptive patterns in alkaloid physiology. American Naturalist 108: 305-320.
  1. MCKEY D. (1974). Ant-plants: selective eating of an unoccupied Barteria by a Colobus monkey. Biotropica 6: 269-270.
  1. STRUHSAKER T. & D. MCKEY. (1975). Two cusimanse mongooses attack a black cobra. Journal of Mammalogy 56: 721-722.
  1. JANZEN D. H.& D. MCKEY. (1975).What the tropical trappers leave behind. Biotropica 7: 7.
  1. JANZEN D. H. & D. MCKEY. (1977). Musanga cecropioides is a Cecropia without its ants. Biotropica 9: 57.
  1. MCKEY D., P. G. WATERMAN, C. N. MBI, J. S. GARTLAN, & T. T. STRUHSAKER. (1978). Phenolic content of vegetation in two African rainforests: ecological implications. Science 202: 61-64.
  1. MCKEY D. (1980).The evolution of novel alkaloid types: a mechanism for the rapid phenotypic evolution of plant secondary compounds. American Naturalist 115: 754-759.
  1. GARTLAN J. S., D. B. MCKEY, P. G. WATERMAN, C. N. MBI, & T. T. STRUHSAKER. (1980) A comparative study of the phytochemistry of two African rainforests. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 8: 401-422.
  1. WATERMAN P. G., C. N. MBI, D. MCKEY, & J. S. GARTLAN. (1980). African rainforest vegetation and rumen microbes: phenolic compounds and nutrients as correlates of digestibility. Oecologia 47: 22-33.
  1. MCKEY D., J. S. GARTLAN, P. G. WATERMAN, & G. M. CHOO. (1981). Food selection by black colobus monkeys (Colobus satanas) in relation to plant chemistry. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 16: 115-146.


  1. CHOO G. M., P. G. WATERMAN, D. MCKEY, & J. S. GARTLAN. (1981). A simple enzyme assay for dry matter digestibility and its value in studying food selection by generalist herbivores. Oecologia 49: 170-178.
  1. MCKEY D. & P. G. WATERMAN. (1982). Ranging behaviour of a group of black colobus (Colobus satanas) in the Douala-Edea Reserve, Cameroon. Folia Primatologica 39: 264-304.
  1. DILLON P., S. LOWRIE, & D. MCKEY. (1983). Disarming the "mala mujer": prevention of latex flow by a sphingid larva. Biotropica 15: 112-116.
  1. MCKEY D. (1984). Interaction of the ant-plant Leonardoxa africana (Caesalpiniaceae) with its obligate inhabitants in rainforests in Cameroon. Biotropica 16: 81-99.
  1. WATERMAN, J. ROSS, & D. MCKEY. (1984). Factors affecting levels of some phenolic compounds, digestibility, and nitrogen content of the nature leaves of Barteria fistulosa Passifloraceae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 10: 387-401.
  1. McC. NEWBERY D., J. S. GARTLAN, D. MCKEY, & P. G. WATERMAN. (1986). The influence of drainage and soil phosphorus on the vegetation of Douala-Edea Forest Reserve, Cameroon. Vegetatio 65: 149-162.
  1. MCKEY D. (1988). Cecropia peltata, an introduced neotropical pioneer tree, is replacing Musanga cecropioides in southwestern Cameroon, Biotropica 20: 262-264.
  1. MCKEY D. (1989). Population biology of figs: applications for conservation. Experientia 45: 661-673.


  1. BRONSTEIN J. & D. MCKEY. (1989). The fig/pollinator mutualism: A model system for comparative biology. Experientia 45: 601-604.


  1. BRONSTEIN J. & D. MCKEY (eds.). (1989). The comparative biology of figs. Multi-author review. Experientia 45 (7): 601-680.
  1. FREY, T. LATSCHA & D. MCKEY. (1990). Genetic differentiation and speciation in leaf mining flies of the genus Phytomyza. Entomologia experimentalis et applicata 57: 191-200.
  1. BAHUCHET S., D. MCKEY, & I. DE GARINE. (1991). Wild yams revisited: Can hunter-gatherers subsist independently of agriculture in tropical rain forest? Human Ecology 19: 213-243.
  1. KAUFMANN S., D. MCKEY, M. HOSSAERT, & C. HORVITZ (1991). Fruits of Ficus microcarpa (Moraceae): Adaptations for a two-phase seed dispersal system involving vertebrates and ants in a hemiepiphytic fig. American Journal of Botany 78: 971-977.
  1. DAVIDSON D. & D. MCKEY. (1993). The evolutionary ecology of symbiotic ant-plant relationships. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 2: 13-83.
  1. DAVIDSON D. & D. MCKEY. (1993). Ant-plant symbioses: Stalking the Chuyachaqui. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8: 326-332.
  1. PATEL A., M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (1993). Ficus-pollinator research in India: Past, present and future. Current Science 65: 243-253.
  1. JARRY M., M. KHALADI, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (1995). Modelling the population dynamics of annual plants with seed bank and density dependent effects. Acta Biotheoretica 43: 53-65.
  1. CHENUIL, A., & D. MCKEY. (1996). Molecular phylogenetic study of a myrmecophyte symbiosis: did Leonardoxa / ant associations diversify via cospeciation? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 6: 270-286.
  1. ANSTETT, M.C., M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (1997). Modeling the persistence of small populations of strongly interdependent species: figs and fig wasps. Conservation Biology 11: 204-213.
  1. GAUME, L., M.C. ANSTETT, & D. MCKEY. (1997). Benefits conferred by "timid" ants: active anti-herbivore protection of the rainforest tree Leonardoxa africana by the minute ant Petalomyrmex phylax. Oecologia 112: 209-216.
  1. BROUAT, C., M. GIBERNAU, L. AMSELLEM, & D. MCKEY. (1998). Corner’s rules revisited : ontogenetic and interspecific patterns in leaf-stem allometry. New Phytologist 139: 459-470.
  1. CEBALLOS, L., M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, D. MCKEY, & C. ANDARY. (1998). Rapid deployment of allelochemicals in exudates of germinating seeds of Sesbania (Fabaceae) : roles of seed anatomy and histolocalization of polyphenolic compounds in anti-pathogen defense of seedlings. Chemoecology 8: 141-151.
  1. GAUME, L. & D. MCKEY. (1998). Protection against herbivores of the myrmecophyte Leonardoxa africana (Baill.) Aubrèv. T3 by its principal ant inhabitant Aphomomyrmex afer Emery. Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, Sciences de la Vie / Life Sciences 321: 593-601.
  1. GAUME, L., D. MCKEY, & S. TERRIN. (1998). Ant-plant-homopteran mutualism: how the third partner affects the interaction between a plant-specialist ant and its myrmecophyte host. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 265: 569-575.
  1. PATEL, A., & D. MCKEY. (1998). Sexual specialisation in two tropical dioecious figs. Oecologia 115 : 391-400.
  1. GAUME, L., & D. MCKEY. (1999). An ant-plant mutualism and its host-specific parasite: activity rhythms, young leaf patrolling, and effects on herbivores of two specialist plant-ants inhabiting the same myrmecophyte. Oikos 84:130-144.
  1. MEUNIER, L., A. DALECKY, C. BERTICAT, L. GAUME, & D. MCKEY. (1999). Worker size variation and the evolution of an ant-plant mutualism : comparative morphometrics of workers of two closely related plant-ants, Petalomyrmex phylax and Aphomomyrmex afer (Formicinae). Insectes Sociaux 46:171-178.
  1. MCKEY, D., L. GAUME, & A. DALECKY. (1999). Les symbioses entre plantes et fourmis arboricoles. Année Biologique 38: 169-194.
  1. GAUME, L., D. MATILE-FERRERO, & D. MCKEY. (2000). Colony foundation and acquisition of coccoid trophobionts by Aphomomyrmex afer (Formicinae) : co-dispersal of queens and phoretic mealybugs in an ant-plant-homopteran mutualism ? Insectes Sociaux 47: 84-91.
  1. PASCAL, L.M., E.F. MOTTE-FLORAC, & D. MCKEY. (2000). Secretory structures on the leaf rachis of Caesalpinieae and Mimosoideae (Leguminosae) : implications for the evolution of nectary glands. American Journal of Botany 87: 327-338.
  1. MCKEY, D. (2000). Leonardoxa africana (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae): a complex of mostly allopatric subspecies. Adansonia 22: 71-109.
  1. ELIAS, M., & D. MCKEY. (2000). The unmanaged reproductive ecology of domesticated plants in traditional agroecosystems: an example involving cassava and a call for data. Acta Oecologica 21: 223-230.
  1. DEJEAN, A., D. MCKEY, M. GIBERNAU, & M. BELIN. (2000). The arboreal ant mosaic in a Cameroonian rainforest. Sociobiology 35: 403-423.
  1. HEIL, M., C. STAEHELIN, & D. MCKEY. (2000). Low chitinase activity in Acacia myrmecophytes: a potential trade-off between biotic and chemical defences? Naturwissenschaften 87: 555-558.
  1. BROUAT, C., D. MCKEY, J.-M.BESSIERE, L. PASCAL, & M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY. (2000). Leaf volatile compounds and the distribution of ant patrolling in an ant-plant protection mutualism: preliminary results on Leonardoxa (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae) and Petalomyrmex (Formicidae: Formicinae). Acta Oecologica 21: 349-357.
  1. BROUAT, C., & D. MCKEY. (2000). Origin of caulinary ant-domatia and timing of their onset in plant ontogeny : evolution of a key trait in horizontally transmitted ant-plant symbioses. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 71: 801-819.
  1. ELIAS, M., L. RIVAL, & D. MCKEY. (2000). Perception and management of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) diversity among Makushi Amerindians of Guyana (South America). Journal of Ethnobiology 20: 239-265.
  1. BROUAT, C., L. GIELLY, & D. MCKEY. (2001). Phylogenetic relationships in the genus Leonardoxa (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae) inferred from chloroplast trnL and trnL- trnF intergeneric spacer sequences. American Journal of Botany 88: 143-149.
  1. ELIAS, M., MCKEY, D., PANAUD, O., ANSTETT, M.C., ROBERT, T. (2001). Traditional management of cassava morphological and genetic diversity by the Makushi Amerindians (Guyana, South America) : perspectives for on-farm conservation of crop genetic resources. Euphytica 120: 143-157.
  1. BROUAT, C., & D. MCKEY. (2001). Leaf-stem allometry, hollow stems, and the evolution of caulinary domatia in myrmecophytes. New Phytologist 151: 391-406.
  1. ELIAS M., L. PENET, P. VINDRY, D. MCKEY, O. PANAUD, & T. ROBERT. (2001). Unmanaged sexual reproduction and the dynamics of genetic diversity of a vegetatively propagated crop plant, cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz), in a traditional farming system. Molecular Ecology 10: 1895-1907.
  1. BROUAT, C., N. GARCIA, C. ANDARY, & D. MCKEY. (2001). Plant lock and ant key: pairwise coevolution of an exclusion filter in an ant-plant mutualism. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 268: 2131-2141.
  1. MCKEY, D., L. EMPERAIRE, M. ELIAS, F. PINTON, T. ROBERT, S. DESMOULIERE, & L. RIVAL. (2001). Gestions locales et dynamiques régionales de la diversité variétale du manioc en Amazonie. Génétique, Sélection et Evolution 33 (supplement 1): S465-S490.
  1. DI GIUSTO, B., M.C. ANSTETT, E. DOUNIAS, & D. MCKEY. (2001). Variation in the effectiveness of biotic defense: the case of an opportunistic ant-plant protection mutualism. Oecologia 129: 367-375.
  1. GAUME, L., & D. MCKEY. (2002). How identity of the homopteran trophobiont affects sex allocation in a symbiotic plant-ant: the proximate role of food. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51: 197-205.
  1. CARRIERE, S.M., M. ANDRE, P. LETOURMY, I. OLIVIER, & D. MCKEY. (2002). Seed rain beneath remnant trees in a slash-and-burn agricultural system in southern Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18 : 353-374.
  1. CARRIERE, S.M., P. LETOURMY, & D. MCKEY. (2002). Effects of remnant trees in fallows on diversity and structure of forest regrowth in a slash-and-burn agricultural system in southern Cameroon. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18: 375-396.
  1. CEBALLOS, L., C. ANDARY, M. DELESCLUSE, M. GIBERNAU, D. MCKEY & M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY. (2002). Effects of sublethal attack by a sucking insect, Hyalymenus tarsatus, on Sesbania drummondii seeds: Impact on some seed traits related to fitness. Ecoscience 9: 28-36.
  1. HEIL, M., T. DELSINNE, A. HILPERT, S. SCHÜRKENS, C. ANDARY, K.E. LINSENMAIR, S.M. SOUSA, & D. MCKEY. (2002). Reduced chemical defence in ant-plants? A critical re-evaluation of a widely accepted hypothesis. Oikos 99 : 457-468.
  1. HEIL, M., B. BAUMANN, C. ANDARY, K.E. LINSENMAIR, & D. MCKEY. (2002). Extraction and quantification of "condensed tannins" as a measure of plant anti-herbivore defence? Revisiting an old problem. Naturwissenschaften 89 : 519-524.
  1. PUJOL, B., G. GIGOT, G. LAURENT, M. PINHEIRO-KLUPPEL, M. ELIAS, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (2002). Germination ecology of Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz, Euphorbiaceae) in traditional agroecosystems : seed and seedling biology of a vegetatively propagated domesticated plant. Economic Botany 56 : 366-379.
  1. DEBOUT, G., E. PROVOST, M. RENUCCI, A. TIRARD, B. SCHATZ, & D. MCKEY. (2003). Colony structure in a plant-ant: behavioural, chemical and genetic study of polydomy in Cataulacus mckeyi (Myrmicinae). Oecologia 137 : 195-204.
  1. HEIL, M., & D. MCKEY. (2003). Protective ant-plant interactions as model systems in ecological and evolutionary research. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 34: 425-453.
  1. BROUAT, C., D. MCKEY, & E. DOUZERY (2004). Differentiation and gene flow in a geographic mosaic of plants coevolving with ants: phylogeny of the Leonardoxa africana complex (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae) using AFLP markers. Molecular Ecology 13: 1157-1171.
  1. ELIAS, M., G.S. MUHLEN, D. MCKEY, A.C. ROA, & J. TOHME. (2004). Genetic diversity of traditional South American landraces of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz): an analysis using microsatellites. Economic Botany 58: 242-256.
  1. DJIETO-LORDON, C., A. DEJEAN, M. GIBERNAU, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (2004). Symbiotic mutualism with a community of opportunistic ants: protection, competition, and ant occupancy of the myrmecophyte Barteria nigritana (Passifloraceae). Acta Oecologica 26: 109-116.
  1. ALVAREZ, N., E. GARINE, C. KHASAH, E. DOUNIAS, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, & D. MCKEY. (2005). Farmers’ practices, metapopulation dynamics, and conservation of agricultural biodiversity on-farm: a case study of sorghum among the Duupa in sub-sahelian Cameroon. Biological Conservation 121: 533-543.
  1. DJIETO-LORDON, C., A. DEJEAN, R.A. RING, J. LAUGA, A. NKONGMENECK, & D. MCKEY. (2005). Ecology of an improbable association: the pseudomyrmecine plant-ant Tetraponera tessmanni and the myrmecophytic vine Vitex thyrsiflora (Lamiaceae) in Cameroon. Biotropica 37: 421-430.
  1. PUJOL, B., P. DAVID, & D. MCKEY. (2005). Microevolution in agricultural environments: how a traditional Amerindian farming practice favours heterozygosity in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz, Euphorbiaceae). Ecology Letters 8: 138-147.
  1. PUJOL B., G. Mühlen, N. Garwood, Y. Horoszowski, E. DOUZERY, & D. McKey. (2005). Evolution under domestication: contrasting functional morphology of seedlings in domesticated cassava and its closest wild relatives. New Phytologist 166: 305-318.
  1. DEBOUT, G., A. SALTMARSH, D. MCKEY, & A.-M. RISTERUCCI. (2005). Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the tropical ant-plant Leonardoxa africana (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae). Molecular Ecology Notes 5: 35-38.
  1. DALECKY, A., L. Gaume, B. Schatz, D. McKey, & F. Kjellberg. (2005). Facultative polygyny in the plant–ant Petalomyrmex phylax: assessment of genetic and ecological determinants of queen number. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 86: 133-151.


  1. GHIMIRE, S., D. MCKEY, & Y. AUMEERUDDY-THOMAS. (2004). Heterogeneity in ethnoecological knowledge and management of medicinal plants in Nepal Himalaya: implications for conservation. Ecology and Society 9(3): 6. [online] :
  1. ALVAREZ, N., D. MCKEY, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, C. BORN, L. MERCIER, & B. BENREY. (2005). Ancient and recent evolutionary history of the bruchid beetle Acanthoscelides obtectus Say, a cosmopolitan pest of beans. Molecular Ecology 14: 1015-1024.


  1. ALVAREZ, N., M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, J.-Y. RASPLUS, D. MCKEY, L. MERCIER, L. SOLDATI, A. AEBI, & B. BENREY. (2005). Sibling species of bean bruchids: morphological and phylogenetic studies among Acanthoscelides obtectus Say and A. obvelatus Bridwell. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 43: 29-37.


  1. DEBOUT, G., B. SCHATZ, & D. MCKEY. (2005). Comparison of foraging behaviour in two plant-ants, the mutualist Petalomyrmex phylax and a parasite of a mutualism, Cataulacus mckeyi. Insectes Sociaux 52: 205-211.


  1. GHIMIRE, S.K., D. MCKEY, & Y. AUMEERUDDY-THOMAS. (2005). Conservation of Himalayan medicinal plants: harvesting patterns and ecology of two threatened species, Nardostachys grandiflora DC. And Neopicrorhiza scrophulariiflora (Pennell) Hong. Biological Conservation 124: 463-475.
  1. PUJOL, B. & D. MCKEY. (2006). Size asymmetry in intraspecific competition and the density-dependence of inbreeding depression in a natural plant population: a case study in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz, Euphorbiaceae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 85-96.
  2. ELIAS, M., H. LENOIR, & D. MCKEY. (2007). Propagule quantity and quality in traditional Makushi farming of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz): a case study for understanding evolution under domestication in vegetatively propagated crops. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 54: 99-115.
  3. DEBOUT, G., B. SCHATZ, M. ELIAS & D. MCKEY. (2007). Polydomy in ants: what we know, what we think we know, and what remains to be done. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 319-348.
  4. GHIMIRE, S.K., Y. A. THOMAS, & D. MCKEY. (2006). Himalayan medicinal plant diversity in an ecologically complex high altitude anthropogenic landscape, Dolpo, Nepal. Environmental Conservation 33: 128-140.
  1. ALVAREZ, N., B. BENREY, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, A. GRILL, D. MCKEY & N. GALTIER. (2006). Phylogeographic support for horizontal gene transfer involving sympatric bruchid species. Biology Direct 1: 21.
  2. DALECKY, A.., G. DEBOUT, A. ESTOUP, D.B. MCKEY & F. KJELLBERG. (2007). Changes in mating system and social structure of the ant Petalomyrmex phylax are associated with range expansion in Cameroon. Evolution 61: 579-595.
  3. DORMONT, L., S. RAPIOR, D. MCKEY & J.-P. LUMARET. (2007). Influence of dung volatiles on the process of resource selection by coprophagous beetles. Chemoecology 17: 23-30.
  4. AMSELLEM, L. & D. MCKEY. (2006). Integrating phenological, chemical and biotic defences in ant-plant protection mutualisms: a case study of two myrmecophyte lineages. Chemoecology 16: 223-234.
  5. BARNAUD, A., M. DEU, E. GARINE, D. MCKEY & H.I. JOLY. (2007). Local genetic diversity of sorghum in a village in northern Cameroon: structure and dynamics of landraces. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 114: 237-248.
  6. PUJOL, B., F. RENOUX, M. ELIAS, L. RIVAL & D. MCKEY. (2007). The unappreciated ecology of landrace populations: conservation consequences of soil seed banks in cassava. Biological Conservation 136: 541-551.
  7. DUPUTIE, A., P. DAVID, C. DEBAIN & D. MCKEY. (2007). Natural hybridization between a clonally propagated crop, cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) and a wild relative in French Guiana. Molecular Ecology 16: 3025-3038.
  8. GHIMIRE, S.K., O. GIMENEZ, R. PRADEL, D. MCKEY & Y. Aumeeruddy-Thomas. (2008). Demographic variation and population viability in a threatened Himalayan medicinal and aromatic herb (Nardostachys grandiflora): matrix modelling of harvesting effects in two contrasting habitats. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 41-51.
  9. PUJOL, B., J.-L. SALAGER, M. BELTRAN, S. BOUSQUET & D. MCKEY. (2008). Photosynthesis and leaf structure in domesticated cassava (Euphorbiaceae) and a close wild relative: have leaf photosynthetic parameters evolved under domestication? Biotropica 40: 305-312.
  10. DIALLO, B.O., H.I. JOLY, D. MCKEY, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY & M.-H. CHEVALLIER. (2007). Genetic diversity of Tamarindus indica populations: Any clues on the origin from its current distribution? African Journal of Biotechnology 6: 853-860.
  11. DIALLO, B.O., D. MCKEY, M.-H. CHEVALLIER, H.I. JOLY & M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY. (2008). Breeding system and pollination biology of the semi-domesticated fruit tree, Tamarindus indica L. (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae): Implications for fruit production, selective breeding, and conservation of genetic resources. African Journal of Biotechnology 7: 4068-4075.
  12. Léotard, G., A. Saltmarsh, F. Kjellberg & D. McKey. (2008). Mutualism, hybrid inviability and speciation in a tropical ant-plant. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21: 1133-1143.
  13. Léotard, G., E. Defossez, C. Debain, D. MCKEY, f. kjellberg & R. blatrix. (2008). Local genetic co-structuring of the ant Petalomyrmex phylax and its host plant Leonardoxa a. africana: no role for a sixty-meter wide river in separating social forms. Sociobiology 51: 363-371.
  14. BARNAUD, A., H.I. JOLY, D. MCKEY, M. DEU, C. KHASAH, S. MONNE & E. GARINE. (2008). Gestion in situ des ressources génétiques du sorgho (Sorghum bicolor ssp. bicolor) chez les Duupa du Nord Cameroun : sélection et échange de semences. Cahiers Agricultures 17: 178-182.
  15. MONDOLOT, L., A. MARLAS, D. BARBEAU, A. GARGADENNEC, B. PUJOL & D. MCKEY. (2008). Domestication and defence: foliar tannins and C/N ratios in cassava and a close wild relative. Acta Oecologica 34: 147-154.
  16. HOSSAERT-MCKEY, M., D. MCKEY & L. DORMONT. (2008). Fungal sex as a private matter: odour signals in a specialized pollination-like insect-fungus mutualism. New Phytologist 178: 225-227. (commentary)
  17. BARNAUD, A., G. TRIGUEROS, D. MCKEY & HI JOLY. (2008). High outcrossing rates in fields with mixed sorghum landraces : how are landraces maintained ? Heredity 101: 445-452.
  18. SARDOS J, D MCKEY, R. MALAPA, J.-L. NOYER & V. LEBOT. (2008). Evolution of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) after recent introduction into a South Pacific island system: the contribution of sex to the diversification of a clonally propagated crop. Genome 51: 912-921.
  19. RIVAL L & D MCKEY (2008) Domestication and diversity in manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz ssp. esculenta, Euphorbiaceae). Current Anthropology 49: 1119-1128.
  20. DEBOUT, G.D.G., A. DALECKY, A. NGOMI NGOMI & D.B. MCKEY. (2009). Dynamics of species coexistence: maintenance of a plant-ant competitive metacommunity. Oikos 118: 873-884.
  21. DEFOSSEZ, E., M.-A. SELOSSE, M.-P. DUBOIS, L. MONDOLOT, A. FACCIO, C. DJIETO-LORDON, D. MCKEY & R. BLATRIX. (2009). Ant-plants and fungi: a new threesome symbiosis. New Phytologist 182: 942-949.
  22. MENARD, L., D. MCKEY, N. ROWE (2009). Developmental plasticity and biomechanics of treelets and lianas in Manihot aff. quinquepartita (Euphorbiaceae): a branch-angle climber of French Guiana. Annals of Botany 103: 1249-1259.
  23. WEBBER, B. D. MCKEY (2009). Cyanogenic myrmecophytes, redundant defence mechanisms and complementary defence syndromes: revisiting the neotropical ant-acacias. New Phytologist 182: 792-794.
  24. SCHATZ, B., C. DJIETO-LORDON, L. DORMONT, J.-M. BESSIERE, D. MCKEY & R. BLATRIX (2009). A simple non-specific chemical signal mediates defense behaviour in a specialized ant-plant mutualism. Current Biology 19 (9): R361-R362.
  25. LEOTARD, G., G. DEBOUT, S. GUILLOT, L. GAUME, D. MCKEY, F. KJELLBERG & A. DALECKY. (2009) Range expansion drives dispersal evolution in an equatorial three-species symbiosis. PLoS ONE 4(4): e5377 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005377.
  26. BARNAUD, A., M. DEU, E. GARINE, J. CHANTEREAU, J. BOLTEU, E. OUIN-KOIDA, D. MCKEY & H.I. JOLY (2009). A weed-crop complex in sorghum: the fate of new genetic combinations in a traditional farming system. American Journal of Botany 96: 1869-1879.
  27. DUPUTIE, A., M. DELETRE, J.-J. DE GRANVILLE & D. MCKEY (2009). Population genetics of Manihot esculenta ssp. flabellifolia gives insight into past distribution of xeric vegetation in a postulated forest refugium area in northern Amazonia. Molecular Ecology 18 : 2897-2907.
  28. LEOTARD, G., A. DUPUTIE, F. KJELLBERG, E.J.P. DOUZERY, C. DEBAIN, J.-J. DE GRANVILLE & D. MCKEY (2009). Phylogeography and the origin of cassava: new insights from the northern rim of the Amazonian basin. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53: 329-334.
  29. DUPUTIE, A., F MASSOL, P. DAVID, C. HAXAIRE & D. MCKEY. (2009) Traditional Amerindian cultivators combine directional and ideotypic selection for sustainable management of cassava genetic diversity. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1317-1325.
  30. MCKEY, D., S. ROSTAIN, J. IRIARTE, B. GLASER, J.J. BIRK, I. HOLST & D. RENARD (2010) Pre-Columbian agricultural landscapes, ecosystem engineers and self-organized patchiness in Amazonia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107: 7823-7828. This article was selected by two different members of the “Faculty of 1000 Biology” as a “Must Read” paper in ecology.
  31. MCKEY, D., M. ELIAS, B. PUJOL & A. DUPUTIE (2010) The evolutionary ecology of clonally propagated domesticated plants. New Phytologist 186: 318-332. This paper was selected by a member of the “Faculty of 1000 Biology” as an “Exceptional” paper in ecology.
  32. MCKEY, D., T. CAVAGNARO, J. CLIFF & R. GLEADOW (2010) Chemical ecology in coupled human and natural systems: people, manioc, multitrophic interactions and global change. Chemoecology 20: 109-133. (DOI 10.1007/s00049-010-0047-1)
  33. RENARD, D., B. SCHATZ & D. MCKEY (2010) Ant nest architecture and seed burial depth: implications for seed fate and germination success in a myrmecochorous savanna shrub. Ecoscience 17: 194-202.
  34. DIALLO, B.O., H.I. JOLY, D. MCKEY, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY & M.H. CHEVALLIER (2010) Changes in biometric characters of seeds and seedlings of nine provenances of Tamarindus indica L. (Caesalpinioideae). Fruits 65: 153-167.
  35. IRIARTE, J., B. GLASER, J. WATLING, A. WAINWRIGHT, J.J. BIRK, D. RENARD, S. ROSTAIN & D. MCKEY (2010) Late Holocene Neotropical agricultural landscapes: phytolith and stable carbon isotope analysis of raised fields from French Guianan coastal savannahs. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 2984-2994.
  36. BORN, C., N. ALVAREZ, D. MCKEY, S. OSSARI, E.J. WICKINGS, M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY & M.-H. CHEVALLIER (2011) Insights into the biogeographical history of the Lower Guinea Forest Domain: evidence for the role of refugia in the intraspecific differentiation of Aucoumea klaineana. Molecular Ecology 20: 131-142.
  37. DEFOSSEZ, E., C. DJIETO-LORDON, D. MCKEY, M.-A. SELOSSE & R. BLATRIX (2011). Plant-ants feed their host plant, but above all a fungal symbiont to recycle nitrogen. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 278: 1419-1426.
  38. DUPUTIE, A., J. SALICK, D. MCKEY (2011). Evolutionary biogeography of Manihot, a rapidly radiating Neotropical genus restricted to dry environments. Journal of Biogeography 38: 1033-1043.
  39. RENARD, D., J. IRIARTE, J.J. BIRK, S. ROSTAIN, B. GLASER, D. MCKEY (2012). Ecological engineers ahead of their time: the functioning of pre-Columbian raised-field agriculture and its potential contributions to sustainability today. Ecological Engineering 45: 30-44. Doi: 10.1016/J.ecoleng.2011.03.007.
  40. VITTECOQ, M., C. DJIETO-LORDON, B. BUATOIS, L. DORMONT, D. MCKEY, R. BLATRIX (2011). The evolution of communication in two ant-plant mutualisms. Evolutionary Biology 38: 360-369. DOI 10.1007/S11692-011-9125-8.
  41. RASPLUS, J.-Y., J. LASALLE, G. DELVARE, D. MCKEY, B.L. WEBBER (2011). A new Afrotropical genus and species of Tetrastichinae (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) inducing galls on Bikinia (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae) and a new species of Ormyrus (Hymenoptera: Ormyridae) associated with the gall. Zootaxa 2907: 51-59.
  42. GONMADJE, C.F., C. DOUMENGE, D. McKEY, G.P.M. TCHOUTO, T.C.H. SUNDERLAND, M.P.B. BALINGA, B. SONKE (2011). Tree diversity and conservation value of Ngovayang’s lowland forest, Cameroon. Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2627-2648.
  43. ROULLIER, C., G. ROSSEL, D. TAY, D. MCKEY, V. LEBOT (2011). Combining chloroplast and nuclear microsatellites to investigate origin and dispersal of New World sweet potato landraces. Molecular Ecology 20: 3963-3977. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365é294X.2011.05229x.
  44. RENARD, D., J.J. BIRK, B. GLASER, J. IRIARTE, G. GRISARD, J. KARL, D. MCKEY (2012). Origin of mound-field landscapes: a multi-proxy approach combining contemporary vegetation, carbon stable isotopes and phytoliths. Plant and Soil 351: 337-353.
  45. VITTECOQ, M., C. DJIETO-LORDON, D. MCKEY, R. BLATRIX (2012). Range expansion induces variation in a behavioural trait in an ant-plant mutualism. Acta Oecologica 38: 84-88.
  46. DELETRE, M., D. MCKEY, T.R. HODKINSON (2011). Marriage exchanges, seed exchanges and the dynamics of manioc diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108: 18249-18254.
  47. IRIARTE, J., M.J. POWER, S. ROSTAIN, F.E. MAYLE, H. JONES, J. WATLING, B.S. WHITNEY, D.B. MCKEY (2012). Fire-free land use in pre-1492 Amazonian savannas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109: 6473-6478.
  48. Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium, A'Hara S.W., Amouroux P., Argo E.E., Avand-Faghih A., Barat A., Barbieri L., Bert T.M., Blatrix R., Blin A., Bouktila D., Broome A., Burban C., Capdevielle-Dulac C., Casse N., Chandra S., Cho K.J., Cottrell J.E., Crawford C.R., Davis M.C., Delatte H., Desneux N., Djiéto-Lordon C., Dubois M.-P., El-Mergawy R.A.A.M., Gallardo-Escarate C., Garcia M., Gardiner M.M., Guillemaud T., Haye P.A., Hellemans B., Hinrichsen P., Jeon J.H., Kerdelhue C., Kharrat I., Kim K.H., Kim Y.Y., Kwan Y.S., Labbe E.M., Lahood E., Lee K.M., Lee W.O., Lee Y.H., Legoff I., Li H., Lin C.P., Liu S.S., Liu Y.G., Long D., Maes G.E., Magnoux E., Mahanta P.C., Makni H., Makni M., Malausa T., Matura R., McKey D., McMillen-Jackson A.L., Mendez M.A., Mezghani-Khemakhem M., Michel A.P., Paul M., Muriel-Cunha J., Nibouche S., Normand F., Palkovacs E.P., Pande V., Parmentier K., Peccoud J., Piatscheck F., Puchulutegui C., Ramos R., Ravest G., Richner H., Robbens J., Rochat D., Rousselet J., Saladin V., Sauve M., Schlei O., Schultz T.F., Scobie A.R., Segovia N.I., Seyoum S., Silvain J.F., Tabone E., Van Houdt J.K.J., Vandamme S.G., Volckaert F.A.M., Wenburg J., Willis T.V., Won Y.J., Ye N.H., Zhang W., Zhang Y.X. (2012). Permanent genetic resources added to molecular ecology resources database 1 August 2011-30 September 2011. Molecular Ecology Resources 12: 185-189.
  1. Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium, Arias M.C., Arnoux E., Bell J.J., Bernadou A., Bino G., Blatrix R., Bourguet D., Carrea C., Clamens A.L., Cunha H.A., d'Alencon E., Ding Y., Djiéto-Lordon C., Dubois M.-P., Dumas P., Eraud C., Faivre B., Francisco F.O., Francoso E., Garcia M., Gardner J.P.A., Garnier S., Gimenez S., Gold J.R., Harris D.J., He G.C., Hellemans B., Hollenbeck C.M., Jing S.L., Kergoat G.J., Liu B.F., McDowell J.R., McKey D., Miller T.L., Newton E., Lohan K.M.P., Papetti C., Paterson I., Peccoud J., Peng X.X., Piatscheck F., Ponsard S., Reece K.S., Reisser C.M.O., Renshaw M.A., Ruzzante D.E., Sauve M., Shields J.D., Sole-Cava A., Souche E.L., Van Houdt J.K.J., Vasconcellos A., Volckaert F.A.M., Wang S.Z., Xiao J., Yu H.J., Zane L., Zannato B., Zemlak T.S., Zhang C.X., Zhao Y., Zhou X., Zhu L.L. (2012). Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 December 2011-31 January 2012. Molecular Ecology Resources 12: 570-572.
  1. Pautasso M., G. Aistara, A. Barnaud, S. Caillon, P. Clouvel, O.T. Coomes, M. Delêtre, E. Demeulenaere, P. De Santis, T. Döring, L. Eloy, L. Emperaire, E. Garine, I. Goldringer, D. Jarvis, H.I. Joly, C. Leclerc, S. Louafi, P. Martin, F. Massol, S. McGuire, D. McKey, C. Padoch, C. Soler, M. Thomas, S. Tramontini (2013). Seed exchange networks for agrobiodiversity conservation. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 33: 151-175.
  1. Meekijjaroenroj Kidyoo A., D. McKey (2012) Flowering phenology and mimicry of the rattan Calamus castaneus (Arecaceae) in southern Thailand. Botany 90: 856-865.
  1. Blatrix, R., D. Renard, C. Djiéto-Lordon, D. McKey (2012) The cost of myrmecophytism: insights from allometry of stem secondary growth. Annals of Botany 110: 943-951. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcs164.
  1. Blatrix, R., C. Djiéto-Lordon, L. Mondolot, P. La Fisca, H. Voglmayr, D. McKey (2012) Plant-ants use symbiotic fungi as a food source: new insight into the nutritional ecology of ant-plant interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 279: 3940-3947.
  1. Peccoud, J., F. Piatscheck, R. Yockteng, M. Garcia, M. Sauve, C. Djiéto-Lordon, D. J. Harris, J.J. Wieringa, F. J. Breteler, C. Born, D. McKey, R. Blatrix (2013). Multi-locus phylogenies of the genus Barteria (Passifloraceae) portray complex patterns in the evolution of myrmecophytism. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 824-832.
  1. Roullier, C., L. Benoît, D. McKey, V. Lebot (2013). Historical collections reveal patterns of diffusion of sweet potato in Oceania obscured by modern plant movements and recombination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110: 2205-2210. Winner of the 2013 Cozzarelli Prize in Class V.
  1. Roullier, C., R. Kambouo, J. Paofa, D. McKey, V. Lebot (2013). On the origin of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) genetic diversity in New Guinea, a secondary centre of diversity. Heredity 110: 594-604.
  1. Bradbury, E. J., A. Duputié, M. Delêtre, C. Roullier, A. Narváez-Trujillo, J. A. Manu-Aduening, E. Emshwiller, D. McKey (2013). Geographic differences in patterns of genetic differentiation among bitter and sweet manioc (Manihot esculenta ssp. esculenta: Euphorbiaceae). American Journal of Botany 100: 857-866.
  1. Renard, D., J. J. Birk, A. Zangerlé, P. Lavelle, B. Glaser, R. Blatrix, D. McKey (2013). Ancient human agricultural practices can promote activities of contemporary non-human soil ecosystem engineers: a case study in coastal savannas of French Guiana. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 62: 46-56.
  1. Benoît, L., R. Blatrix, C. Djiéto-Lordon, C. Atteke, J. Mezui-M’Eko, M.-P. Dubois, D. McKey, C. Born (2013). Characterization of microsatellite loci for a fungal symbiont (Ascomycota, Chaetothyriales) in an ant-plant-fungus symbiosis. Molecular Ecology Resources 13: 760-762.
  1. Dormont, L., J.-M. Bessière, D. McKey, A. Cohuet (2013). New methods for field collection of human skin volatiles and perspectives for their application in the chemical ecology of human/pathogen/vector interactions. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2783-2788.
  1. Roullier, C., A. Duputié, P. Wennekes, L. Benoît, V. M. Fernández Bringas, G. Rossel, D. Tay, D. McKey, V. Lebot (2013). Disentangling the origins of cultivated sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.). PLOS ONE 8(5): e62707. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062707.
  1. McKey, D., M. Elias, B. Pujol, A. Duputié, M. Delêtre, D. Renard (2012). Maintien du potentiel adaptatif chez les plantes domestiquées à propagation clonale. Revue d’ethnoécologie [En ligne], 1 | 2012, mis en ligne le 29 novembre 2012. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/ethnoecologie.741
  1. Blatrix, R., S. Debaud, A. Salas-Lopez, C. Born, L. Benoit, D. McKey, C. Attéké, C. Djiéto-Lordon (2013). Repeated evolution of fungal cultivar specificity in independently evolved ant-plant-fungus symbioses. PLOS ONE 8(7): e68101.
  1. Finsinger, W., T. Dos Santos, D. McKey (2013) Estimating variation in stomatal frequency at intra-individual, intra-site and inter-taxonomic levels in populations of the Leonardoxa africana complex (Fabaceae) over environmental gradients in Cameroon. Comptes Rendus Geoscience 345: 350-359.
  1. Ménard, L., D. McKey, G. S. Mühlen, B. Clair, N.P. Rowe (2013) The evolutionary fate of phenotypic plasticity and functional traits under domestication in manioc: changes in stem biomechanics and the appearance of stem brittleness. PLOS ONE 8(9): e74727. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074727
  1. Blatrix, R., D. McKey, C. Born (2013). Consequences of past climate change for species engaged in obligatory interactions. Comptes Rendus Géoscience 347: 306-315.
  1. Mayer, V., M. Frederickson, D. McKey, R. Blatrix (2014) Current issues in the evolutionary ecology of ant-plant symbioses. New Phytologist 202: 749-764.
  1. Diallo, B.O., Ouedraogo, M., Chevallier, M.-H., Joly, H.I., Hossaert-McKey, M., McKey, D. (2014) Potential pollinators of Tamarindus indica L. (Caesalpinioideae) in Sudanian region of Burkina Faso. African Journal of Plant Science 8: 528-536.
  1. Pfahler, V., B. Glaser, D. McKey, E. Klemt (2015) Soil redistribution in abandoned raised fields in French Guiana assessed by radionuclides. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 178: 468-476.
  1. Rostain, S., D. McKey (2015) Les paysages de champs surélevés de Guyane française: un patrimoine bioculturel menacé. Revue d’Ethnoécologie 7. DOI : 10.4000/ethnoecologie.2193.
  1. Coomes O.T., S. J. McGuire, E. Garine, S. Caillon, D. McKey, E. Demeulenaere, D. Jarvis, G. Aistara, A. Barnaud, P. Clouvel, L. Emperaire, S. Louafi, P. Martin, F. Massol, M. Pautasso, C. Violon, J. Wencélius (2015) Farmer seed networks make a limited contribution to agriculture? Four common misconceptions. Food Policy 56 : 41-50. DOI : 10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.07.008
  1. Zangerlé A., C. Hissler, L. Van Schaik, D. McKey (2016) Identification of earthworm burrow origins by Near infrared Spectroscopy: Combining results from field sites and laboratory microcosms. Soil and Tillage Research 155 : 280-288. DOI: 10.1016/still.2015.08.017
  1. Zangerlé A., C. Hissler, D. McKey, P. Lavelle (2016) Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to identify the contribution of earthworms to soil macroaggregation in field conditions. Applied Soil Ecology 104: 138-147. DOI: 10.1016/J.apsoil.2015.09.014
  1. Thomas, M., N. Verzelen, P. Barbillon, O.T. Coomes, S. Caillon, D. McKey, M. Elias, E. Garine, C. Raimond, E. Dounias, D. Jarvis, J. Wencélius, C. Leclerc, V. Labeyrie, H. Cuong Pham, T.N. Hue Nguyen, B. Sthapit, R.B. Rana, A. Barnaud, C. Violon, L.M. Arias Reyes, Luis L. Moreno, P. De Santis, F. Massol. (2015) A network-based method to detect patterns of local crop biodiversity: validation at the species and infra-species levels. Advances in Ecological Research 53 : 259-320. doi:10.1016/bs.aecr.2015.10.002
  1. Delêtre, M., T.R. Hodkinson, D. McKey (2016) Perceptual selection and the unconscious selection of ‘volunteer’seedlings in clonally propagated crops: an example with African cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) using ethnobotany and population genetics. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, (in press) doi: 10.​1007/​s10722-016-0390-3
  1. Zangerlé, A., D. Renard, J. Iriarte, L.E. Suarez Jimenez, K.L. Adame Montoya , J. Juilleret, D. McKey (2016) The surales, self-organized earth-mound landscapes made by earthworms in a seasonal tropical wetland. PLOS One 11(5): e0154269.

doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154269 This paper was selected by a member of the “Faculty of 1000 Biology” as a “Recommended” paper in ecology.

  1. Cunha, L., G.G. Brown, D.W.G. Stanton, E. Da Silva, F. Hansel, G Jorge, D. McKey, P. Vidal-Torrado, R. Macedo, E. Velasquez, S.W. James, P. Lavelle, P. Kille, and the Terra Preta de Indio Network (2016) Soil animals and pedogenesis: the role of earthworms in anthropogenic soils. Soil Science 181 (3/4) : 110-125. DOI: 10.1097/SS.0000000000000144
  1. Lavelle, P., Spain A., Blouin, M., Brown, G., Decaëns, T., Grimaldi, M., Jiménez, J.J., McKey, D., Mathieu, J., Velasquez, E., Zangerlé, A. (2016) Ecosystem engineers in a self-organized soil: A review of concepts and future research questions. Soil Science 181 (3/4) : 91-109. DOI: 10.1097/SS.0000000000000155
  1. López Mazz, J., S. Rostain, D. McKey (2016) Cerritos, tolas, tesos, camellones y otros montículos de las tierras bajas de Sudamérica. Revista de Arqueología 29(1): 86-113.


  1. Comptour, M., S. Caillon, D. McKey (2016) Pond fishing in the Congolese cuvette: a story of fishermen, animals and water spirits. Revue d’Ethnoécologie 10/2016. DOI: 10.4000/ethnoecoloige.2795
  1. McKey, D.B., M. Durécu, M. Pouilly, P. Béarez, A. Ovando, M. Kalebe, C.F. Huchzermeyer (2016) Present-day African analogue of a pre-European Amazonian floodplain fishery shows convergence in cultural-niche construction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(52): 14938-14943. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613169114
  1. Gonmadje, C., Picard, N., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Réjou-Méchain, M., Freycon, V., Sunderland, T., McKey, D., Doumenge, C. (2017) Altitudinal filtering of large-tree species explains above-ground biomass variation in an Atlantic central African rain forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology 33 (2): 143-154.. doi: 10.1017/S0266467416000602.
  1. Vasse, M., Voglmayr, H., Mayer, V., Gueidan, C., Nepel, M., Moreno, L., de Hoog, S., Selosse, M.-A., McKey, D., Blatrix, R. (2017) A fungal phylogenetic perspective of the association between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and black yeasts (Ascomycota: Chaetothyriales). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B 284: 20162519. Doi : 10.1098/rspb.2016.2519
  1. Blatrix, R., Peccoud, J., Born, C., Piatscheck, F., Benoit, L., Sauve, M., Djiéto-Lordon, C., Atteke, C., Wieringa, J.J., Harris, D.J., McKey, D. (2017) Comparative analysis of spatial genetic structure in an ant-plant symbiosis reveals a tension zone and highlights speciation processes in tropical Africa. Journal of Biogeography 44 (8): 1856-1868. doi:10.1111/jbi.12972.
  1. DiGiusto, B., Dounias, E., McKey, D.B. (2017) Facing herbivory on the climb up: Lost opportunities as the main cost of herbivory in the wild yam Dioscorea praehensilis. Ecology and Evolution 7 (16): 6493-6506. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.3066
  1. Bouka Dipelet, U.G., Florence, J., Doumenge, C., Loumeto, J.J., McKey, D. (2017) Khayae (Meliaceae) specierum Nomenclator. Adansonia 39(1): 15-30. Doi: 10.5252/a2017n1a2
  1. Blatrix, R., Roux, B., Béarez, P., Prestes-Carneiro, G., Amaya, M., Aramayo, J.L., Rodrigues, L., Lombardo, U., Iriarte, J., de Souza, J.G., Robinson, M., Bernard, C., Pouilly, M., Durécu, M., Huchzermeyer, C.F., Kalebe, M., Ovando, A., McKey, D. (2018) The unique functioning of a pre-Columbian Amazonian floodplain fishery. Scientific Reports 8:5998 | DOI:10.1038/s415
  1. Gonmadje C., Doumenge, C., Sunderland, T., McKey, D. (2018) Environmental filtering determines patterns of tree species composition in small mountains of Atlantic central African forests. Acta Oecologica (in press).
  1. Auttama, P., McKey, D., Kidyoo, A. (2018) Flowering phenology and trap pollination of the rare endemic plant Ceropegia thaithongiae in montane forest of northern Thailand. Botany 96 (9) : 601-620.
  1. Ho Tong Minh, D., Ndikumana, E., Vieilledent, G., McKey, D., Baghdadi N. (2018) Potential value of combining ALOS PALSAR and Landsat-derived tree cover data for forest biomass retrieval in Madagascar. Remote Sensing of the Environment 213 : 206-214.
  1. Comptour, M., Caillon, S., Rodrigues, L., McKey, D. (2018) Wetland raised-field agriculture and its contribution to sustainability : ethnoecology of a present-day African system and questions about pre-Columbian systems in the American tropics. Sustainability 10(9) : 3120.
  1. Peer-reviewed book chapters
  1. MCKEY, D. (1975). The ecology of coevolved seed dispersal systems. In "Coevolution of Animals and Plants", L. E. Gilbert and P. H. Raven (eds). University of Texas Press, Austin. 159-191.
  1. GARTLAN J. S., D. MCKEY, & P. G. WATERMAN. (1978). Soils, forest structure, and feeding behaviour of primates in a Cameroon coastal rainforest. In "Recent Advances in Primatolology. Vol. 1.  Behaviour", D. J. Chivers and J. Herbert (eds). Academic Press, London. 259-267.
  1. MCKEY D. Soils, vegetation and seed-eating by black colobus monkeys. In "The Ecology of Arboreal Folivores", G. G. Montgomery (ed). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C. 423-437.
  1. MCKEY D. (1979). The distribution of secondary compounds within plants. In "Herbivores. Their Interactions with Secondary Plant Constituents", G. A. Rosenthal and D. H. Janzen (eds). Academic Press, New York. 55-133.
  1. LATSCHA, T., J. FREY, M. SANER, P. RUGGLE, & D. MCKEY. (1986). Host-plant relationships and speciation in leaf-mining Agromyzidae (Diptera) on umbelliferous plants. In "Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Plant-Insect Interactions", V. Labeyrie, G. Fabres, & D. Lachaise (eds). Dr. W. Junk, Nordrecht, the Netherlands. 261-266.
  1. MCKEY D. (1988). Promising new directions in the study of ant-plant mutualisms. In "Proceedings of the XIV International Botanical Congress", W. Greuter and B. Zimmer (eds). Koeltz Publishers, Koenigstein/Taunus, Germany. 335-355.
  1. WATERMAN P. G. & D. MCKEY. (1989). Herbivory and secondary compounds in rainforest plants: ecological implications and geographical aspects. In "Ecosystems of the World Vol. 14B: Tropical Rain Forests", H. Leith and M. Werger (eds). Elsevier, Amsterdam.  513-536.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1989). Interactions between ants and leguminous plants. In "Advances in Legume Biology" C. H. Stirton and J. L. Zarucchi (eds.). Monographs in Systematic Botany of the Missouri Botanical Garden 29: 673-718.
  1. MCKEY D. (1991). Phylogenetic analysis of the evolution of a mutualism: Leonardoxa (Leguminosae: Caesalpinioideae) and its associated ants. In "Ant-Plant Interactions", C. Huxley and D. F. Cutler (eds). Oxford University Press: 310-355.
  1. MCKEY, D. & S. KAUFMANN. (1991). Naturalization of exotic Ficus spp. in Subtropical south Florida. In "Proceedings of the Symposium of the Exotic Pest Plant Council". D. Center, R.F. Doren, R.L. Hofsetter, R.L. Meyers, L.D. Whiteaker (eds). United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Washington D.C.: 221-236.
  1. MCKEY D. & D. DAVIDSON. (1993). Ant-Plant Symbioses in Africa and the Neotropics: History, Biogeography, and Diversity. In "Biological Relationships Between Africa and South America", P. Goldblatt (ed.). Yale University Press. 568-606.
  1. MCKEY D. & S. BECKERMAN. (1993). Chemical ecology, plant evolution, and the evolution of traditional manioc cultivation systems. In "Tropical Forests, People and Food. Biocultural Interactions and Applications to Development". C. M. Hladik, A. Hladik, O. F. Linares, H. Pagezy, A. Semple & M. Hadley (eds). UNESCO, Parthenon, Paris. 83-112.
  1. MCKEY D., O. LINARES, C.R. CLEMENT, & C.M. HLADIK. (1993). Evolution and history of tropical forests in relation to food availability -- background. In "Tropical Forests, People and Food. Biocultural Interactions and Applications to Development" C. M. Hladik, A. Hladik, O. Linares, H. Pagezy, A. Semple, & M. Hadley (eds). UNESCO, Parthenon, Paris. 17-24.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1994). Legumes and nitrogen: the evolutionary ecology of a nitrogen-demanding lifestyle. In "Advances in Legume Systematics 5: The Nitrogen Factor". J. Sprent and D. McKey (eds). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England. 211-228.
  1. MCKEY D., O. LINARES, C.R. CLEMENT, & C.M. HLADIK. (1996). Ressources alimentaires des forêts tropicales : une mise en perspective des tendances évolutives et de l’impact du peuplement humain. In "L’alimentation en forêt tropicale - Interactions bioculturelles et perspectives de développement, Vol 1 : Les ressources alimentaires : production et consommation". C. M. Hladik, A. Hladik, O. Linares, H. Pagezy, A. Semple, & M. Hadley (eds). Unesco, Parthenon, Paris. 43-54.
  1. MCKEY, D. & S. BECKERMAN. (1996). Ecologie et évolution des produits secondaires du manioc et relations avec les systèmes de culture. In "L’alimentation en forêt tropicale - Interactions bioculturelles et perspectives de développement, Vol 1 : Les ressources alimentaires : production et consommation". C. M. Hladik, A. Hladik, O. Linares, H. Pagezy, A. Semple, & M. Hadley (eds). Unesco, Parthenon, Paris. 165-202.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1996). Wild yam question. In "Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology" (D. Levinson, M. Ember, eds.). 4 : 1363-1366.
  1. MCKEY D. & L. MEUNIER. (1996). Evolution des mutualismes plantes-fourmis : quelques éléments de réflexion. Actes Colloque Insectes Sociaux 10 : 1-9.
  1. MCKEY D., B. DIGIUSTO, L. PASCAL., M. ELIAS, E. DOUNIAS. 1998. Stratégies de croissance et de défense anti-herbivore des ignames sauvages : leçons pour l'agronomie. In : « L'igname, plante séculaire et culture d'avenir : actes du séminaire international» (J. Berthaud, N. Bricas et J.-L. Marchand, eds.), pp. 181-188. CIRAD ; ORSTOM, Montpellier, France.
  1. CARRIERE S. , MCKEY D. (1999). Les arbres orphelins des champs vivriers. Etude de l’abattage sélectif chez les Ntumu et de son impact sur la régénération de la forêt du Sud-Cameroun. In : “L’Homme et la Forêt Tropicale” (S. Bahuchet et al., eds.), pp. 255-266. Ed. du Bergier, Travaux de la Société d’Ecologie Humaine/APFT.
  1. DEBOUT, G., B. SCHATZ, & D. MCKEY. (2003). Structure génétique, apparentement et strategies reproductrices à l’échelle d’une population chez Cataulacus mckeyi (Myrmicinae), une fourmi à plante. Actes Coll. Insectes Sociaux 16 : 21-25.
  1. EMPERAIRE, L., G.S. MUHLEN, M. FLEURY, T. ROBERT, D. MCKEY, B. PUJOL, & M. ELIAS. (2004). Approche comparative de la diversité génétique et de la diversité morphologique des maniocs en Amazonie (Brésil et Guyanes). Le Patrimoine Génétique : la Diversité et la Ressource. Actes du Colloque National du Bureau des Ressources Génétiques, No. 4, pp. 247-267. La Châtre, octobre 2002.
  1. MCKEY, D., L. GAUME, C. BROUAT, B. DIGIUSTO, L. PASCAL, G. DEBOUT, A. DALECKY, & M. HEIL. (2005). Multitrophic interactions among tropical plants, ants and plant herbivores. In: “Biotic Interactions in the Tropics. Their Role in the Maintenance of Species Diversity”, (D. Burslem, M. Pinard & S. Hartley, eds.), pp. 386-413. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  1. BAHUCHET, S. & D. MCKEY. (2005). L’Homme et la biodiversité tropicale. In : “Les Biodiversités. Objets, Théories, Pratiques”, (P. Marty, F.-D. Vivien, J. Lepart & R. Larrère, eds.), pp. 37-55. Editions du CNRS, Paris.
  1. PUJOL, B., & D. MCKEY. (2005). La domestication du manioc : Comprendre la stratégie écologique de régénération et de croissance ouvre des perspectives pour l’amélioration. Actes du 5ème colloque du BRG, Lyon.
  1. MCKEY, D. & M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY. (2008). La coévolution entre les plantes et les animaux. In : Aux Origines des Plantes, Tome 1 (F. Hallé, ed.), pp. 482-505. Fayard, Paris.
  1. MCKEY, D., M. ELIAS, B. PUJOL & A. DUPUTIE. (2012). Ecological approaches to crop domestication. In: Gepts P, Bettinger R, Brush SB, Famula T, McGuire PE, Qualset CO, Damania AB, eds. Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution and Sustainability. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 377-406.
  1. ALVAREZ, N., D. MCKEY, F. KJELLBERG & M. HOSSAERT-MCKEY. (2010). Phylogeography and historical biogeography of obligate specific mutualisms. In: Morand S, Krasnov B, eds. The Biogeography of Host-Parasite Interactions. Oxford University Press, pp. 31-39.
  1. ROWE, N., L. MENARD, B. CLAIR, G. MUHLEN, D. MCKEY. (2010). Evolution of the mechanical architecture during domestication in manioc (cassava). In: Thibaut B., ed. Proceedings of the Sixth Plant Biomechanics Conference, November 16th – 21st, 2009, Cayenne, French Guyana, France, [Cd-Rom]. Kourou : ECOFOG, pp. 469-476.
  1. MCKEY, D., RENARD, D., ZANGERLE, A., IRIARTE, J., ADAME MONTOYA, K.L., SUAREZ JIMENEZ, L.E., SOLIBIEDA, A., DURECU, M., COMPTOUR, M., ROSTAIN, S., RAIMOND, C. (2014). New approaches to pre-Columbian raised-field agriculture: ecology of seasonally flooded savannas, and living raised fields in Africa, as windows on the past and the future. In: S. Rostain (Ed.), Amazonía. Memorias de las conferencias magistrales del 3er Encuentro Internacional de Arqueología Amazónica (pp. 91-136. Quito: MCCTH/SENESCYT/3EIAA.ía_Amazónica

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4539.0808

  1. MCKEY, D., ROSTAIN, S. (2015). Farming technology in Amazonia. In : Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer.
  1. Renard D., Zangerlé A., McKey D. (2016) Soil ecosystem engineers and mound-field landscapes. In: A. Orgiazzi et al. (eds.), Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas. European Commission, Brussels.
  1. Schatz, B., Pérez, T., McKey, D. (2016) Biodiversité et médiation chimique.
  1. McKey, D., Blatrix, R. (2017) Ecological and evolutionary responses of protective ant-plant mutualisms to environmental changes. In : P. S. Oliveira and S. Koptur (eds.), Ant-Plant Interactions in a Changing World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 223-246.
  1. McKey, D., Delêtre, M. (2017) The emergence of cassava as a global crop. In: C. Hershey (ed.), Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Cassava. Volume 1. Cultivation Techniques. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Sawston, UK, pp. 1-29.
  1. McKey, D., Renard, D., Comptour, M. (2017) Will the real raised-field agriculture please rise ? Indigenous knowledge and the resolution of competing visions of one way to farm wetlands. In P. Sillitoe (ed.), Indigenous Knowledge. Enhancing its Contribution to Natural Resources Management. CABI, Wallingford, UK, pp. 116-129.
  1. MCKEY, D., RENARD, D., ZANGERLE, A., IRIARTE, J., ADAME MONTOYA, K.L., SUAREZ JIMENEZ, L.E., SOLIBIEDA, A., DURECU, M., COMPTOUR, M., ROSTAIN, S., RAIMOND, C. (2014). Ecologie historique des champs surélevés anciens et modernes d’Amérique et d’Afrique. In G. de Saulieu, M. Elouga and B. Sonké (eds.), Pour une Ecologie Historique en Afrique Centrale. Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, IRD and PALOC, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  1. Rostain, S., McKey, D. (2016) Écologie historique des champs surélevés de Guyane : il y a tant à faire sur un tas de terre. In G. de Saulieu, M. Elouga and B. Sonké (eds.), Pour une Ecologie Historique en Afrique Centrale. Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, IRD and PALOC, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  1. Schatz, B., Pérez, T., McKey, D. (2016) Biodiversity and chemical mediation. In : A.-G. Bagnères and M. Hossaert-McKey (eds.), Chemical Ecology. ISTE, London/Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, pp. 1-21.
  1. Edited Volumes
  1. SPRENT, J. & D. MCKEY (Eds). (1994) Advances in Legume Systematics 5: The Nitrogen Factor. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.
  1. FORGET, P.-M., D. MCKEY, M. CHARPENTIER et al. (Eds.) (2014) Prospectives en Ecologie Tropicale. CNRS Editions, Paris.
  1. Book Reviews

1.: MCKEY D. (1994). Review of "Four Neotropical Rainforests". Quarterly Review of Biology 69: 421-423.

2.:MCKEY D. (1995). Review of "Tropical Alpine Environments. Plant Form and Function." Journal of Evolutionary Biology

  1. MCKEY, D. (1995). Review of "Biological Systematics. The State of the Art." Journal of Evolutionary Biology 8: 260-262.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1995). Review of "Biogeography and Ecology of the Rain Forests of Eastern Africa" Quarterly Review of Biology 70: 103-104.
  1. MCKEY D. (2001). Review of “Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rain Forest.” Quarterly Review of Biology 76: 261-262.
  1. MCKEY D. (2005). Review of “Piper. A model genus for studies of phytochemistry, ecology, and evolution.” Ecology 86: 1959-1960.
E. Other publications
  1. MCKEY D. (1978). Plant chemical defenses and the feeding and ranging behavior of Colobus monkeys in African rainforests. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. University Microfilms International.
  1. M. HOSSAERT M., A. BASHAR, & D. MCKEY. (1986). Insect pollinator activity in relation to nectar production by Lathyrus latifolius. In "Proceedings of the First International Congress on Lathyrus", A. K. Kaul and D. Combes (eds).  Third World Medical Research Foundation, New York.  213-221.
  1. MCKEY D. (1992). Interactions between ants and plants: comparison of canopy, understory and clearing environments. In "Biologie d'une Canopée de Forêt Equatoriale--II, Rapport de Mission: Radeau des Cîmes Octobre-Novembre 1991, Réserve de Campo, Cameroun", F. Hallé and O. Pascal (eds). Fondation Elf, Paris/Opération Canopée, Lyon. 66-73.
  1. BELIN M., A. DEJEAN, & D. MCKEY. (1992). Les relations plantes-fourmis dans la canopée. In "Biologie d'une Canopée de Forêt Equatoriale--II, Rapport de Mission:  Radeau des Cîmes Octobre-Novembre 1991, Réserve de Campo, Cameroun", F. Hallé and O. Pascal (eds).  Fondation Elf, Paris/Opération Canopée, Lyon.  76-80.
  1. MCKEY D. (2000). Tropical forest peoples and biodiversity. Pp. 12-32 in Bahuchet, S. (scientific editor), “Les Peuples des Forêts Tropicales Aujourd’hui. Vol. II. Une approche thématique”. Final report of the program “Future of Rainforest Peoples (APFT), 5 Vols. European Commission, Bruxelles
  1. MCKEY D. (2010). Introduction. In: Gestion des Ecosystèmes Tropicaux. Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable, des Transports et du Logement, Paris.
  1. ROSTAIN S., D. MCKEY. (2010). Evolution d’un paysage en Guyane. In : S. Thiebault, Archéologie Environnementale de la France, Edition La Découverte, Paris, pp. 152-153 (encadré).
  1. Bretagnolle, F., Forget, P.-M., Bremond, L., Buisson, E., Céréghino, R., Chave, J., Favier, C., Hossaert, M., Le Stradic, S., McKey, D., Morand, S., Nicolas, V. (2014). Les changements Globaux. In : P.-M. Forget (ed.), Prospectives en Ecologie Tropicale. CNRS, Paris.
  1. Carrière, C., Claudet, J., Allebach, M., Bambridge, T., Chave, J., Couteron, P., Fritz, H., Fromard, F., Gourlet-Fleury, S., Garine, E., Hilmi, N., Le Port, G., Marchand, C., Meziane, C., Moizo, B., McKey, D., Pascal, N., Thomas, Y. (2014). In: P.-M. Forget (ed.), Prospectives en Ecologie Tropicale. CNRS, Paris.
  1. Aumeeruddy-Thomas,Y., D. McKey, J-F. Terral (2018) Agroécosystèmes, agrobiodiversités et environnement. P. 44 dans : Systèmes Complexes, de la Biologie aux Territoires. Série Les « Dossiers d’Agropolis », No. 23. Agropolis Fondation, Montpellier.
  1. McKey, D. (2018) Les paysages à buttes dans les savanes inondables d’Afrique et d’Amérique du Sud. P. 47 dans : Systèmes Complexes, de la Biologie aux Territoires. Série Les « Dossiers d’Agropolis », No. 23. Agropolis Fondation, Montpellier.


F. Popular articles:

  1. MCKEY, D. (1987). The evolution of an ant-plant. Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin, October 1987.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1991). Royal Poinciana: The rest of the story. Fairchild Tropical Garden Bulletin, October 1991.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1993). A passion for butterflies: the trade-off. Fairchild Tropical Garden, Garden News 48(2): 12-13.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1994). Monkeying around with miracle fruit. Fairchild Tropical Garden, Garden News 49(1): 18-20.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1994). Killing them softly: urban seeds in our urban forests. Fairchild Tropical Garden, Garden News 49(2): 18-19.
  1. MCKEY, D. (1994). Travels with sea-beans. Fairchild Tropical Garden, Garden News 49(3): 19-21.
  1. MCKEY, D., ROSTAIN, S. (2010). Les champs surélevés préhistoriques : histoire, sols et impact sur le fonctionnement actuel des savanes côtières de Guyane. In: Amazonie: une aventure scientifique et humaine du CNRS, A. Pavé & G. Fornet (éds.), Galaade Editions, Paris. 156 pp.
  1. ROSTAIN, S., D. MCKEY, J. IRIARTE, B. GLASER, D. RENARD, J.J. BIRK, B. ROUX. (2012). Les savanes du littoral, héritage d’une histoire oubliée. In : Guyane Océan, Daniel Guiral & Roger Le Guen (éds.) éditions Roger le Guen: 352-367.
  1. BLATRIX, R., D. McKEY (2012). Des plantes et des fourmis. Pour la Science Dossier No. 77, Les Végétaux Insolites, pp. 88-93.
  1. ROSTAIN, S., D. MCKEY (2015). Des fourmis et des hommes. Archéologies. Les Carnets du Paysage, No. 27, 128-141.