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

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Giehr, Julia ; Heinze, Jürgen
Date of publication of this fulltext: 01 Mar 2019 11:54


BackgroundThe 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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