Symbionts of societies that fission: mites as guests or parasites of army ants

@article{Berghoff2009SymbiontsOS,
  title={Symbionts of societies that fission: mites as guests or parasites of army ants},
  author={Stefanie M. Berghoff and Eberhard Wurst and Ernst Ebermann and Ana B. Sendova-Franks and Carl W. Rettenmeyer and Nigel R. Franks},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  year={2009},
  volume={34}
}
1 Recently, Hughes et al. (Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23, 672–677, 2008) have theorised that symbionts of large, long‐lived, homeostatic, and well defended social insect colonies should mostly be of low virulence. If the symbionts are rare, i.e. few workers are co‐infected, competition between symbionts should be minimal and they should be selected to avoid over‐exploiting their hosts. 2 Here we analyse the mites that occur on Eciton burchellii army ant workers and note that our findings… 
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