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Queens stay, workers leave: caste-specific responses to fatal infections in an ant

Giehr, Julia and Heinze, Jürgen (2018) Queens stay, workers leave: caste-specific responses to fatal infections in an ant. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18 (1), pp. 1-11.

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Background The intense interactions among closely related individuals in animal societies provide perfect conditions for the spread of pathogens. Social insects have therefore evolved counter-measures on the cellular, individual, and social level to reduce the infection risk. One striking example is altruistic self-removal, i.e., lethally infected workers leave the nest and die in isolation to ...


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Item type:Article
Date:27 December 2018
Institutions:Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Zoologie > Zoologie/Evolutionsbiologie (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze)
Projects:Open Access Publizieren (DFG)
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Keywords:Altruism, self-removal, lethal infection, disease management; Terminal investment; Ants; Temnothorax
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Yes
Item ID:38403
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