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signal on ant queen eggs prevents policing evasion by cue scrambling

D'Etorre, Patrizia ; Tofilski, Adam ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Ratnieks, Francis L. W.
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:21


How biological systems resolve internal conflicts is a major evolutionary question. Social insect workers cooperate but also pursue individual interests, such as laying male eggs. The rewards of this individual selfishness can be reduced by policing, such as by killing worker-laid eggs. However, selfish individuals may evade policing. What factors prevent individuals from being able to evade ...


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