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“Selfish worker policing” controls reproduction in a Temnothorax ant

Stroeymeyt, Nathalie ; Brunner, Elisabeth ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

Animal societies, including those of humans, are under constant threat by selfish individuals, who attempt to enforce their own interests at the cost of the group. In the societies of bees, wasps, and ants, such individual selfishness can be prevented by “policing,” whereby workers or queens impede the reproduction of other individuals by aggression, immobilization, or egg eating. In this study, ...

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