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Author Mehdiabadi, Natasha J. ♦ Reeve, Hudson Kern ♦ Mueller, Ulrich G.
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description Studies of sex-ratio conflict in the eusocial Hymeno-ptera (ants, bees and wasps) have provided the most rigorous tests of kin selection theory. The hymeno-pteran haplodiploid system of sex determination gener-ally renders workers more closely related to their sisters than to their brothers, whereas queens are equally related to their sons and daughters. Kin selec-tion theory therefore predicts that resource allocation into male or female reproductives is a source of queen– worker (i.e. parent–offspring) conflict. Under the tra-ditional assumption of worker control, sex ratios should evolve towards female bias, shifting away from the optimum of the queen, an even sex ratio. Three decades of research on sex-ratio conflict largely supported worker control, but recent studies have revealed queen-
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2003-01-01
Publisher Institution in eusocial Hymenoptera. Trends in Ecology & Evolution