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Stress and early experience underlie dominance status and division of labour in a clonal insect

Bernadou, Abel ; Schrader, Lukas ; Pable, Julia ; Hoffacker, Elisabeth ; Meusemann, Karen ; Heinze, Jürgen


Cooperation and division of labour are fundamental in the 'major transitions' in evolution. While the factors regulating cell differentiation in multi-cellular organisms are quite well understood, we are just beginning to unveil the mechanisms underlying individual specialization in cooperative groups of animals. Clonal ants allow the study of which factors influence task allocation without ...


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