The Effect of Group Size on the Interplay between Dominance and Reproduction in Bombus terrestris

@inproceedings{Amsalem2011TheEO,
  title={The Effect of Group Size on the Interplay between Dominance and Reproduction in Bombus terrestris},
  author={Etya Amsalem and Abraham Hefetz},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
Social insects provide good model systems for testing trade-offs in decision-making because of their marked reproductive skew and the dilemma workers face when to reproduce. Attaining reproductive skew requires energy investment in aggression or fertility signaling, creating a trade-off between reproduction and dominance. This may be density-dependent because the cost of achieving dominance may be higher in larger groups. We investigated the effect of group-size in B. terrestris queenless… CONTINUE READING
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