Conflict resolutions in insect societies

Ratnieks, Francis L W, Foster, Kevin R and Wenseleers, Tom (2006) Conflict resolutions in insect societies. Annual Review of Entomology, 51. pp. 581-608. ISSN 0066-4170

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Although best known for cooperation, insect societies also manifest many potential con¿icts among individuals. These con¿icts involve both direct reproduction by individuals and manipulation of the reproduction of colony members. Here we review ¿ve major areas of reproductive con¿ict in insect societies: (a) sex allocation, (b) queen rearing, (c) male rearing, (d) queen-worker caste fate, and (e) breeding con¿icts among totipotent adults. For each area we discuss the basis for con¿ict (potential con¿ict), whether con¿ict is expressed (actual con¿ict), whose interests prevail (con¿ict outcome), and the factors that reduce colony-level costs of con¿ict (con¿ict resolution), such as factors that cause workers to work rather than to lay eggs. Reproductive con¿icts are widespread, sometimes having dramatic effects on the colony. However, three key factors (kinship, coercion, and constraint) typically combine to limit the effects of reproductive con¿ict and often lead to complete resolution

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Francis Ratnieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:18
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