Cuticular Hydrocarbon Composition Reflects Genetic Relationship Among Colonies of the Introduced Termite Reticulitermes santonensis Feytaud

  title={Cuticular Hydrocarbon Composition Reflects Genetic Relationship Among Colonies of the Introduced Termite Reticulitermes santonensis Feytaud},
  author={St{\'e}phanie Dronnet and C. Lohou and J. P. Christides and Anne-Genevi{\`e}ve Bagn{\`e}res},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
Nestmate recognition plays a key role in kin selection to maintain colony integrity in social insects. Previous studies have demonstrated that nestmate recognition is dependent on detection of cuticular hydrocarbons. However, the absence of intraspecific aggression between some colonies of Isoptera and social Hymenoptera questions whether kin recognition must occur in social insects. The purpose of this study was to determine if cuticular hydrocarbon similarity and high genetic relatedness… 

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