The independent origin of a queen number bottleneck that promotes cooperation in the African swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus

@article{Henshaw2000TheIO,
  title={The independent origin of a queen number bottleneck that promotes cooperation in the African swarm-founding wasp, Polybioides tabidus},
  author={Michael T. Henshaw and Joan E Strassmann and David C. Queller},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={48},
  pages={478-483}
}
When cooperation is based on shared genetic interests, as in most social insect colonies, mechanisms which increase the genetic similarity of group members may help to maintain sociality. Such mechanisms can be especially important in colonies with many queens because within-colony relatedness drops quickly as queen number increases. Using microsatellite markers, we examined the Old World, multiple-queen, swarm-founding wasp Polybioides tabidus which belongs to the ropalidiine tribe, and found… CONTINUE READING
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