Queen succession through asexual reproduction in termites.

  title={Queen succession through asexual reproduction in termites.},
  author={Kenji Matsuura and Edward L Vargo and Kazutaka Kawatsu and Paul E Labadie and Hiroko Nakano and Toshihisa Yashiro and Kazuki Tsuji},
  volume={323 5922},
The evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction may involve important tradeoffs because asexual reproduction can double an individual's contribution to the gene pool but reduces diversity. Moreover, in social insects the maintenance of genetic diversity among workers may be important for colony growth and survival. We identified a previously unknown termite breeding system in which both parthenogenesis and sexual reproduction are conditionally used. Queens produce their replacements… CONTINUE READING
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