Genetic relatedness in early associations of Polistes dominulus: from related to unrelated helpers

@article{Zanette2008GeneticRI,
  title={Genetic relatedness in early associations of Polistes dominulus: from related to unrelated helpers},
  author={Lorenzo Roberto Sgobaro Zanette and Jeremy Field},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={17}
}
Indirect benefits obtained through the reproduction of relatives are fundamental in the formation and maintenance of groups. Here, we examine the hypothesis that females of the temperate paper wasp Polistes dominulus preferentially form groups with close relatives. Genetic relatedness data were obtained for 180 groups of females collected at the early stages of the nesting cycle of a large population of P. dominulus in two sites in southwestern Spain. Average within‐group relatedness values… 
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