Mate preference and disease risk in Zootermopsis angusticollis (Isoptera: Termopsidae).

@article{Rosengaus2011MatePA,
  title={Mate preference and disease risk in Zootermopsis angusticollis (Isoptera: Termopsidae).},
  author={Rebeca B Rosengaus and Lady-Thelma James and Tamara R. Hartke and Colin S Brent},
  journal={Environmental entomology},
  year={2011},
  volume={40 6},
  pages={1554-65}
}
Termites face significant and chronic intranidal selection pressures from parasites and pathogens that colonize their nests. They also encounter microbes outside their nest while foraging and during dispersal of winged primary reproductives to establish new colonies. The latter run the additional risk of becoming infected by a mating partner. Indeed, death of reproductives because of disease is a major cause of incipient colony failure and may favor prescreening prospective mates for signs of… CONTINUE READING

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