Social dynamics drive selection in cooperative associations of ant queens

  title={Social dynamics drive selection in cooperative associations of ant queens},
  author={Rebecca M. Clark},
Social dynamics, the emergent effects of interactions within structured groups, play a key role in shaping social phenotypes and fitness. We examined the potential positive and negative effects of social dynamics in simple groups, by creating social groups of harvester ant queens with 2 alternate nest-founding strategies, solitary versus cooperative. We compared social interactions, survival, and nest productivity of pairs containing queens from the cooperative founding population, the normally… CONTINUE READING

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