Sex Allocation Conflict in Ants: When the Queen Rules

@article{Rosset2006SexAC,
  title={Sex Allocation Conflict in Ants: When the Queen Rules},
  author={Herv{\'e} Rosset and Michel Chapuisat},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={16},
  pages={328-331}
}
Insect societies are paramount examples of cooperation, yet they also harbor internal conflicts whose resolution depends on the power of the opponents. The male-haploid, female-diploid sex-determining system of ants causes workers to be more related to sisters than to brothers, whereas queens are equally related to daughters and sons. Workers should thus allocate more resources to females than to males, while queens should favor an equal investment in each sex. Female-biased sex allocation and… CONTINUE READING
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