Tragedy of the commons in Melipona bees

Wenseleers, T and Ratnieks, F L W (2004) Tragedy of the commons in Melipona bees. Proceedings B: Biological Sciences, 271 (S5). S310-312. ISSN 1471-2954

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In human society selfish use of common resources can lead to disaster, a situation known as the 'tragedy of the commons' (TOC). Although a TOC is usually prevented by coercion, theory predicts that close kinship ties can also favour reduced exploitation. We test this prediction using data on a TOC occurring in Melipona bee societies.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Francis Ratnieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:10
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 13:47
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