Disease resistance in a weaver ant, Polyrhachis dives, and the role of antibiotic-producing glands

@article{Graystock2011DiseaseRI,
  title={Disease resistance in a weaver ant, Polyrhachis dives, and the role of antibiotic-producing glands},
  author={Peter Graystock and William O H Hughes},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={65},
  pages={2319-2327}
}
Parasites represent one of the main threats to all organisms and are likely to be particularly significant for social animals because of the increased potential for intragroup transmission. Social animals must therefore have effective resistance mechanisms against parasites and one of the most important components of disease resistance in ants is thought to be the antibiotic-producing metapleural gland. This gland is ancestral in ants, but has been lost secondarily in a small number of species… Expand

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