The bacterium Wolbachia is known to induce feminisation, asexual reproduction and reproductieve incompatibility in arthropods. Recently, we discovered that also in social insects this bacterium is widespread. In this project we would like to investigate the effects of Wolbachia on the reproductive regulation and the associated reproductive conflicts in social insects.
sex allocation theory, social insects, selfish cytoplasmic elements, population genetics, pest control, behavioural ecology, ants, wolbachia
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created:2011-12-14 14:18:59 UTC, source:iweto