Tanya Renner

Associate Professor of Entomology

Tanya Renner

Research Summary

Evolution of chemical and structural defense. Molecular evolution, evolutionary genomics, and transcriptomics. Origins and evolution of carnivorous plants.

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Metabolism Coleoptera Genes History Carnivorous Plants Genome Formic Acid Pheromones Digestive System Chemical Defenses Direction Compound Phylogeny Beetle Chemical Carabidae Digestion Pollination Population Genetics Harpalus Nutrients Acids Proteins Biosynthesis Chemical Ecology Pharmacological Metabolism

Most Recent Publications

Franziska Saul, Mathias Scharmann, Takanori Wakatake, Sitaram Rajaraman, André Marques, Matthias Freund, Gerhard Bringmann, Louisa Channon, Dirk Becker, Emily Carroll, Yee Wen Low, Charlotte Lindqvist, Kadeem J. Gilbert, Tanya Renner, Sachiko Masuda, Michaela Richter, Gerd Vogg, Ken Shirasu, Todd P. Michael, Rainer Hedrich, Victor A. Albert, Kenji Fukushima, 2023, Nature Plants on p. 2000-2015

Matthias Freund, Dorothea Graus, Andreas Fleischmann, Kadeem J. Gilbert, Qianshi Lin, Tanya Renner, Christian Stigloher, Victor A. Albert, Rainer Hedrich, Kenji Fukushima, 2022, Plant Physiology on p. 44-59

Chloe P. Drummond, Tanya Renner, 2022, Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Kadeem J. Gilbert, Tanya Renner, 2021, AoB PLANTS

Primary Metabolism co-Opted for Defensive Chemical Production in the Carabid Beetle, Harpalus pensylvanicus

Adam M. Rork, Sihang Xu, Athula Attygalle, Tanya Renner, 2021, Journal of Chemical Ecology on p. 334-349

Aquatic angiosperm ambiguities answered

Victor A. Albert, Tanya Renner, 2020, Nature Plants on p. 181-183

Martin W. Breuss, Allen Mamerto, Tanya Renner, Elizabeth R. Waters, 2020, Genome Biology and Evolution on p. 2093-2106

Adam M. Rork, István Mikó, Tanya Renner, 2019, International Journal of Insect Morphology and Embryology on p. 19-25

Carabidae Semiochemistry: Current and Future Directions

Adam M. Rork, Tanya Renner, 2018, Journal of Chemical Ecology on p. 1069-1083

Most-Cited Papers

Tianying Lan, Tanya Renner, Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Kimberly M. Farr, Tien Hao Chang, Sergio Alan Cervantes-Pérez, Chunfang Zheng, David Sankoff, Haibao Tang, Rikky W. Purbojati, Alexander Putra, Daniela I. Drautz-Moses, Stephan C. Schuster, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Victor A. Albert, 2017, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. E4435-E4441

Kevin L. Hockett, Tanya Renner, David A. Baltrus, 2015, mBio on p. 11

Sumetha Kannan, Gillian Halter, Tanya Renner, Elizabeth R. Waters, 2018, AoB PLANTS

Shayla Salzman, Heather E. Driscoll, Tanya Renner, Thiago André, Stacy Shen, Chelsea D. Specht, 2015, Systematic Botany on p. 104-115

Matthias Freund, Dorothea Graus, Andreas Fleischmann, Kadeem J. Gilbert, Qianshi Lin, Tanya Renner, Christian Stigloher, Victor A. Albert, Rainer Hedrich, Kenji Fukushima, 2022, Plant Physiology on p. 44-59

Carabidae Semiochemistry: Current and Future Directions

Adam M. Rork, Tanya Renner, 2018, Journal of Chemical Ecology on p. 1069-1083

Kadeem J. Gilbert, Tanya Renner, 2021, AoB PLANTS

Biochemistry of prey digestion and nutrient absorption

Ildiko Matusikova, Andrej Pavlovic, Tanya Renner, 2018, CARNIVOROUS PLANTS: PHYSIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND EVOLUTION on p. 207-220

Carnivorous plant genomes

Tanya Renner, Tianying Lan, Kimberly Farr, Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Stephan Schuster, Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Kenji Fukushima, Victor Albert, 2018, CARNIVOROUS PLANTS: PHYSIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND EVOLUTION on p. 135-153

Aquatic angiosperm ambiguities answered

Victor A. Albert, Tanya Renner, 2020, Nature Plants on p. 181-183

News Articles Featuring Tanya Renner

How some plants became carnivorous predators

The history and science behind carnivorous plants

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023.

This Carnivorous Plant Has a Rain-Powered Trap

A biological “spring” helps a pitcher plant fling insects to their doom

How in the World Did We Get Venus Flytraps?

Scientists are closing in on one of botany’s great riddles.

How Carnivorous Plants Evolved

Botanists are beginning to trace the origins of their gruesome appetites

How plants turned predator

Carnivorous plants fascinate as much now as when their gruesome diet was first discovered. Molecular biology is helping botanists trace the origins of their predatory ways.

Little crop of horrors

An international team of researchers has received a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to investigate how carnivory-related genes, such as those involved in digestion, could help crops not only avoid pests, but also thrive in low-nutrient environments.

Grant supports study of how carnivorous plants repurpose genes to digest prey

A Penn State researcher has received funding to examine the genetic mechanisms that enable carnivorous plants to repurpose defense proteins to digest their insect prey.

Material protecting beetle could have medical, engineering applications

Ground beetles spray chemical weapons at their enemies. To protect themselves from their own toxins, carabid beetles rely on a unique compound -- a compound new research suggests could have biomedical and bioengineering applications.