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Ant queens increase their reproductive efforts after pathogen infection

Giehr, Julia ; Grasse, Anna V. ; Cremer, Sylvia ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Schrempf, Alexandra



Abstract

Infections with potentially lethal pathogens may negatively affect an individual's lifespan and decrease its reproductive value. The terminal investment hypothesis predicts that individuals faced with a reduced survival should invest more into reproduction instead of maintenance and growth. Several studies suggest that individuals are indeed able to estimate their body condition and to increase ...

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