Social behaviour in genetically heterogeneous groups of Dictyostelium giganteum

@article{Kaushik2005SocialBI,
  title={Social behaviour in genetically heterogeneous groups of Dictyostelium giganteum},
  author={Sonia Kaushik and Bandhana Katoch and Vidyanand Nanjundiah},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={59},
  pages={521-530}
}
The Dictyostelid or cellular slime moulds (CSMs) are soil amoebae with an asexual life cycle involving social behaviour and division of labour. The most obvious distinction is between ‘germ line’ or pre-spore cells, which survive, and ‘somatic’ or pre-stalk cells, which eventually die. A plausible hypothesis to explain the apparent altruism of pre-stalk cells is that it is directed at clonal relatives. We have tested this hypothesis by comparing indices of altruistic behaviour between clonal… CONTINUE READING

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