No evidence for an inbreeding avoidance system in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris

@article{Bogo2018NoEF,
  title={No evidence for an inbreeding avoidance system in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris},
  author={Gherardo Bogo and Natasha de Manincor and Alessandro Fisogni and Mireille Galloni and Laura Zavatta and Laura Bortolotti},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2018},
  volume={49},
  pages={473-483}
}
Inbreeding is caused by the mating of closely related individuals and may produce a decrease in the fitness of offspring and have deleterious consequences for adults. In haplodiploid social Hymenoptera inbreeding has a further negative effect due to the production of unviable or sterile diploid males. As a consequence, mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance would be expected to evolve. In this study, we investigated the mating choice between related (inbred) or unrelated (outbred) gynes and males… CONTINUE READING

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