Cooperation among unrelated individuals: the ant foundress case

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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Cooperation among unrelated individuals: the ant foundress case
Journal
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Author(s)
Bernasconi  G., Strassmann  J. E.
ISSN
0169-5347
Publication state
Published
Issued date
12/1999
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
14
Number
12
Pages
477-482
Notes
Journal article --- Old month value: Dec
Abstract
Ant foundress associations are an example of cooperation among non-kin. Across a dozen genera, queens able to found a colony alone often join unrelated queens, thereby enhancing worker production and colony survivorship. The benefits of joining other queens vary with group size and ecological conditions. However, after the first workers mature, the queens fight until only one survives. The presence of cofoundresses, and their relative fighting ability, also affects the extent of cooperative investment before worker emergence. This reveals previously overlooked early conflicts among queens, which reduce the mutualistic benefits of cooperation.
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