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Task-specific expression of the foraging gene in harvester ants

Ingram, K. K. ; Oefner, Peter J. ; Gordon, D. M.



Abstract

In social insects, groups of workers perform various tasks such as brood care and foraging. Transitions in workers from one task to another are important in the organization and ecological success of colonies. Regulation of genetic pathways can lead to plasticity in social insect task behaviour. The colony organization of advanced eusocial insects evolved independently in ants, bees, and wasps ...

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