Reproduction and dispersal in an ant‐associated root aphid community

@article{Ivens2012ReproductionAD,
  title={Reproduction and dispersal in an ant‐associated root aphid community},
  author={Aniek B F Ivens and Daniel J C Kronauer and Ido Pen and Franjo Weissing and Jacobus J. Boomsma},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={21}
}
Clonal organisms with occasional sex are important for our general understanding of the costs and benefits that maintain sexual reproduction. Cyclically parthenogenetic aphids are highly variable in their frequency of sexual reproduction. However, studies have mostly focused on free‐living aphids above ground, whereas dispersal constraints and dependence on ant‐tending may differentially affect the costs and benefits of sex in subterranean aphids. Here, we studied reproductive mode and… Expand
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