Social evolution: Kin preference in a social microbe

@article{Mehdiabadi2006SocialEK,
  title={Social evolution: Kin preference in a social microbe},
  author={N. J. Mehdiabadi and C. N. Jack and T. T. Farnham and T. G. Platt and Sara E. Kalla and G. Shaulsky and D. Queller and J. Strassmann},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={442},
  pages={881-882}
}
  • N. J. Mehdiabadi, C. N. Jack, +5 authors J. Strassmann
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Nature
  • Kin recognition helps cooperation to evolve in many animals, but it is uncertain whether microorganisms can also use it to focus altruistic behaviour on relatives. Here we show that the social amoeba Dictyostelium purpureum prefers to form groups with its own kin in situations where some individuals die to assist others. By directing altruism towards kin, D. purpureum should generally avoid the costs of chimaerism experienced by the related D. discoideum. 
    154 Citations

    Figures and Topics from this paper.

    Explore Further: Topics Discussed in This Paper

    Cooperation and Conflict in the Light of Kin Recognition Systems
    • 22
    • PDF
    Kin discrimination and cooperation in microbes.
    • 159
    • PDF
    The cooperative amoeba: Dictyostelium as a model for social evolution.
    • 65
    • PDF
    Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in a social microbe
    • 133
    • PDF
    High relatedness in a social amoeba: the role of kin-discriminatory segregation
    • 22
    • PDF
    Kin Discrimination in Dictyostelium Social Amoebae
    • J. Strassmann
    • Biology, Medicine
    • The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology
    • 2016
    • 9

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 11 REFERENCES
    The evolution of social behavior in microorganisms.
    • B. Crespi
    • Medicine, Biology
    • Trends in ecology & evolution
    • 2001
    • 509
    • PDF
    Social behaviour in genetically heterogeneous groups of Dictyostelium giganteum
    • 34
    Somatic cell parasitism and the evolution of somatic tissue compatibility.
    • L. Buss
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    • 1982
    • 349
    • PDF
    The costs and benefits of being a chimera
    • 114
    • PDF
    The Evolution of Conspecific Acceptance Thresholds
    • 479
    Cell mixtures of different species and strains of cellular slime moulds.
    • 67
    • PDF
    Supplementary information accompanies this communication on Nature’s website
    • J. Trends Ecol. Evol. 16,
    • 2001
    The Cellular Slime Molds.
    • 340