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Random sperm use and genetic effects on worker caste fate in Atta colombica leaf-cutting ants

Holman, Luke; Sturup, Marlene; Trontti, Kalevi; Boomsma, Jacobus J.


Sperm competition can produce fascinating adaptations with far-reaching evolutionary consequences. Social taxa make particularly interesting models, because the outcome of sexual selection determines the genetic composition of groups, with attendant sociobiological consequences. Here, we use molecular tools to uncover some of the mechanisms and consequences of sperm competition in the leaf-cutting ant Atta colombica, a species with extreme worker size polymorphism. Competitive PCR allowed...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05338.x


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