A polychromatic ‘greenbeard' locus determines patterns of cooperation in a social amoeba

@inproceedings{Gruenheit2017AP,
  title={A polychromatic ‘greenbeard' locus determines patterns of cooperation in a social amoeba},
  author={Nicole Gruenheit and Katie Parkinson and Balint Stewart and Jennifer A. Howie and Jason B. Wolf and Christopher Leland Thompson},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2017}
}
Cheaters disrupt cooperation by reaping the benefits without paying their fair share of associated costs. Cheater impact can be diminished if cooperators display a tag ('greenbeard') and recognise and preferentially direct cooperation towards other tag carriers. Despite its popular appeal, the feasibility of such greenbeards has been questioned because the complex patterns of partner-specific cooperative behaviours seen in nature require greenbeards to come in different colours. Here we show… CONTINUE READING
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