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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299419/insights-into-the-role-of-age-and-social-interactions-on-the-sexual-attractiveness-of-queens-in-an-eusocial-bee-melipona-flavolineata-apidae-meliponini
#1
Jamille Costa Veiga, Cristiano Menezes, Felipe Andrés León Contrera
The attraction of sexual partners is a vital necessity among insects, and it involves conflict of interests and complex communication systems among male and female. In this study, we investigated the developing of sexual attractiveness in virgin queens (i.e., gynes) of Melipona flavolineata, an eusocial stingless bee. We followed the development of sexual attractiveness in 64 gynes, belonging to seven age classes (0, 3, 6, 9, 15, 18 days post-emergence), and we also evaluated the effect of different social interactions (such as competition between queens and interactions with workers) on the development of attractiveness in other 60 gynes...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181584/patterns-of-pollen-and-nectar-foraging-specialization-by-bumblebees-over-multiple-timescales-using-rfid
#2
Avery L Russell, Sarah J Morrison, Eleni H Moschonas, Daniel R Papaj
The ecological success of social insects is frequently ascribed to improvements in task performance due to division of labour amongst workers. While much research has focused on improvements associated with lifetime task specialization, members of colonies can specialize on a given task over shorter time periods. Eusocial bees in particular must collect pollen and nectar rewards to survive, but most workers appear to mix collection of both rewards over their lifetimes. We asked whether bumblebees specialize over timescales shorter than their lifetime...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122113/social-buffering-in-a-eusocial-invertebrate-termite-soldiers-reduce-the-lethal-impact-of-competitor-cues-on-workers
#3
Li Tian, Evan L Preisser, Kenneth F Haynes, Xuguo Zhou
While the impact of predator-induced stress on prey has received considerable attention, there has been far less research into the effect of competitors. Cues from aggressive competitors should be particularly likely to evoke behavioral and/or physiological responses, since they may be indicative of both direct (interference) and indirect (exploitative) threats. The danger posed by such competitors, and the "fear" they evoke, should be reduced at lower competitor densities and by the presence of individual conspecifics specialized for defense...
January 25, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116052/convergent-evolution-in-social-swallows-aves-hirundinidae
#4
Allison E Johnson, Jonathan S Mitchell, Mary Bomberger Brown
Behavioral shifts can initiate morphological evolution by pushing lineages into new adaptive zones. This has primarily been examined in ecological behaviors, such as foraging, but social behaviors may also alter morphology. Swallows and martins (Hirundinidae) are aerial insectivores that exhibit a range of social behaviors, from solitary to colonial breeding and foraging. Using a well-resolved phylogenetic tree, a database of social behaviors, and morphological measurements, we ask how shifts from solitary to social breeding and foraging have affected morphological evolution in the Hirundinidae...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104824/gnrh-mrna-expression-in-the-brain-of-cooperatively-breeding-female-damaraland-mole-rats
#5
Cornelia Voigt, Nc Bennett
The Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) is a eusocial, subterranean rodent, in which breeding is limited to a single reproductive pair within each colony. Non-reproductive females, while in the confines of the colony, exhibit socially-induced infertility. Anovulation is thought to be caused by a disruption in the normal gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion from the hypothalamus. In order to assess whether social suppression is associated with altered GnRH mRNA expression in the brain we investigated the distribution and gene expression levels by means of in situ hybridization in female breeders and non-breeders from field captured colonies of the Damaraland mole-rat...
January 19, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096421/rfamide-related-peptide-3-rfrp-3-suppresses-sexual-maturation-in-a-eusocial-mammal
#6
Diana E Peragine, Martha Pokarowski, Lucia Mendoza-Viveros, Ashlyn Swift-Gallant, Hai-Ying M Cheng, George E Bentley, Melissa M Holmes
Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying social inhibition of puberty are not well understood. Here, we use a model exhibiting the most profound case of pubertal suppression among mammals to explore a role for RFamide-related peptide-3 [RFRP-3; mammalian ortholog to gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH)] in neuroendocrine control of reproductive development. Naked mole rats (NMRs) live in sizable colonies where breeding is monopolized by two to four dominant animals, and no other members exhibit signs of puberty throughout their lives unless they are removed from the colony...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088343/first-confirmed-report-of-a-bacterial-brood-disease-in-stingless-bees
#7
Jenny Lee Shanks, Anthony Mark Haigh, Markus Riegler, Robert Neil Spooner-Hart
Susceptibility to brood pathogens in eusocial stingless bees (Meliponini), alternative pollinators to honey bees, is unknown. Brood losses in managed colonies of the Australian stingless bee, Tetragonula carbonaria, were studied over 20months. We isolated a disease-causing bacterium, Lysinibacillus sphaericus (Firmicutes, Bacillaceae), from worker and queen larvae, brood cell provisions and honey stores. Pathogenicity experiments confirmed this bacterium as the causal organism. It took 22days from infection to first appearance of brood disease symptoms...
March 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076409/an-efficient-antioxidant-system-in-a-long-lived-termite-queen
#8
Eisuke Tasaki, Kazuya Kobayashi, Kenji Matsuura, Yoshihito Iuchi
The trade-off between reproduction and longevity is known in wide variety of animals. Social insect queens are rare organisms that can achieve a long lifespan without sacrificing fecundity. The extended longevity of social insect queens, which contradicts the trade-off, has attracted much attention because it implies the existence of an extraordinary anti-aging mechanism. Here, we show that queens of the termite Reticulitermes speratus incur significantly lower oxidative damage to DNA, protein and lipid and have higher activity of antioxidant enzymes than non-reproductive individuals (workers and soldiers)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057830/individual-versus-collective-cognition-in-social-insects
#9
REVIEW
Ofer Feinerman, Amos Korman
The concerted responses of eusocial insects to environmental stimuli are often referred to as collective cognition at the level of the colony. To achieve collective cognition, a group can draw on two different sources: individual cognition and the connectivity between individuals. Computation in neural networks, for example, is attributed more to sophisticated communication schemes than to the complexity of individual neurons. The case of social insects, however, can be expected to differ. This is because individual insects are cognitively capable units that are often able to process information that is directly relevant at the level of the colony...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057824/the-ecology-and-evolution-of-social-behavior-in-microbes
#10
REVIEW
Corina E Tarnita
Cooperation has been studied extensively across the tree of life, from eusociality in insects to social behavior in humans, but it is only recently that a social dimension has been recognized and extensively explored for microbes. Research into microbial cooperation has accelerated dramatically and microbes have become a favorite system because of their fast evolution, their convenience as lab study systems and the opportunity for molecular investigations. However, the study of microbes also poses significant challenges, such as a lack of knowledge and an inaccessibility of the ecological context (used here to include both the abiotic and the biotic environment) under which the trait deemed cooperative has evolved and is maintained...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053060/caste-biased-gene-expression-in-a-facultatively-eusocial-bee-suggests-a-role-for-genetic-accommodation-in-the-evolution-of-eusociality
#11
Beryl M Jones, Callum J Kingwell, William T Wcislo, Gene E Robinson
Developmental plasticity may accelerate the evolution of phenotypic novelty through genetic accommodation, but studies of genetic accommodation often lack knowledge of the ancestral state to place selected traits in an evolutionary context. A promising approach for assessing genetic accommodation involves using a comparative framework to ask whether ancestral plasticity is related to the evolution of a particular trait. Bees are an excellent group for such comparisons because caste-based societies (eusociality) have evolved multiple times independently and extant species exhibit different modes of eusociality...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036149/social-dominance-alters-nutrition-related-gene-expression-immediately-transcriptomic-evidence-from-a-monomorphic-queenless-ant
#12
Yasukazu Okada, Yutaka Watanabe, Mandy M Y Tin, Kazuki Tsuji, Alexander S Mikheyev
Queen-worker differentiation in eusocial organisms may have originated from decoupling of maternal care and reproductive behaviours. Recent advances in sequencing techniques have begun to elucidate the molecular basis of queen-worker differentiation. However, current knowledge of the molecular basis of caste differentiation is limited, especially to species with morphological castes. It seems likely that at the dawn of eusociality morphologically undifferentiated, monomorphic females underwent physiological differentiation that yielded egg-laying and caretaking castes...
December 30, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035273/does-cooperation-mean-kinship-between-spatially-discrete-ant-nests
#13
Duncan S Procter, Joan E Cottrell, Kevin Watts, Stuart W A'Hara, Michael Hofreiter, Elva J H Robinson
Eusociality is one of the most complex forms of social organization, characterized by cooperative and reproductive units termed colonies. Altruistic behavior of workers within colonies is explained by inclusive fitness, with indirect fitness benefits accrued by helping kin. Members of a social insect colony are expected to be more closely related to one another than they are to other conspecifics. In many social insects, the colony can extend to multiple socially connected but spatially separate nests (polydomy)...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025279/evolution-of-dna-methylation-across-insects
#14
Adam J Bewick, Kevin J Vogel, Allen J Moore, Robert J Schmitz
DNA methylation contributes to gene and transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes, and therefore has been hypothesized to facilitate the evolution of plastic traits such as sociality in insects. However, DNA methylation is sparsely studied in insects. Therefore, we documented patterns of DNA methylation across a wide diversity of insects. We predicted that underlying enzymatic machinery is concordant with patterns of DNA methylation. Finally, given the suggestion that DNA methylation facilitated social evolution in Hymenoptera, we tested the hypothesis that the DNA methylation system will be associated with presence/absence of sociality among other insect orders...
December 25, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018658/lack-of-aggression-and-apparent-altruism-towards-intruders-in-a-primitive-termite
#15
Feargus Cooney, Emma I K Vitikainen, Harry H Marshall, Wilmie van Rooyen, Robert L Smith, Michael A Cant, Nicole Goodey
In eusocial insects, the ability to discriminate nest-mates from non-nest-mates is widespread and ensures that altruistic actions are directed towards kin and agonistic actions are directed towards non-relatives. Most tests of nest-mate recognition have focused on hymenopterans, and suggest that cooperation typically evolves in tandem with strong antagonism towards non-nest-mates. Here, we present evidence from a phylogenetically and behaviourally basal termite species that workers discriminate members of foreign colonies...
November 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012167/digest-evolve-wisely-some-ant-defense-strategies-paved-way-to-diversification-and-others-to-a-dead-end
#16
Jeremy Rehm
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 24, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987525/the-evolution-of-cooperation-by-negotiation-in-a-noisy-world
#17
K Ito, J M McNamara, A Yamauchi, A D Higginson
Cooperative interactions among individuals are ubiquitous despite the possibility of exploitation by selfish free riders. One mechanism that may promote cooperation is 'negotiation': individuals altering their behaviour in response to the behaviour of others. Negotiating individuals decide their actions through a recursive process of reciprocal observation, thereby reducing the possibility of free riding. Evolutionary games with response rules have shown that infinitely many forms of the rule can be evolutionarily stable simultaneously, unless there is variation in individual quality...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974493/variation-in-growth-of-damaraland-mole-rats-is-explained-by-competition-rather-than-by-functional-specialization-for-different-tasks
#18
Markus Zöttl, Jack Thorley, David Gaynor, Nigel C Bennett, Tim Clutton-Brock
In some eusocial insect societies, adaptation to the division of labour results in multimodal size variation among workers. It has been suggested that variation in size and growth among non-breeders in naked and Damaraland mole-rats may similarly reflect functional divergence associated with different cooperative tasks. However, it is unclear whether individual growth rates are multimodally distributed (as would be expected if variation in growth is associated with specialization for different tasks) or whether variation in growth is unimodally distributed, and is related to differences in the social and physical environment (as would be predicted if there are individual differences in growth but no discrete differences in developmental pathways)...
December 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932998/gene-expression-dynamics-in-major-endocrine-regulatory-pathways-along-the-transition-from-solitary-to-social-life-in-a-bumblebee-bombus-terrestris
#19
Pavel Jedlička, Ulrich R Ernst, Alena Votavová, Robert Hanus, Irena Valterová
Understanding the social evolution leading to insect eusociality requires, among other, a detailed insight into endocrine regulatory mechanisms that have been co-opted from solitary ancestors to play new roles in the complex life histories of eusocial species. Bumblebees represent well-suited models of a relatively primitive social organization standing on the mid-way to highly advanced eusociality and their queens undergo both, a solitary and a social phase, separated by winter diapause. In the present paper, we characterize the gene expression levels of major endocrine regulatory pathways across tissues, sexes, and life-stages of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, with special emphasis on critical stages of the queen's transition from solitary to social life...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929066/evidence-for-social-parasitism-of-early-insect-societies-by-cretaceous-rove-beetles
#20
Shûhei Yamamoto, Munetoshi Maruyama, Joseph Parker
The evolution of eusociality in ants and termites propelled both insect groups to their modern ecological dominance. Yet, eusociality also fostered the evolution of social parasitism-an adverse symbiosis, in which the superorganismal colonies formed by these insects are infiltrated by a profusion of invertebrate species that target nest resources. Predominant among these are the aleocharine rove beetles (Staphylinidae), a vast and ecologically diverse subfamily with numerous morphologically and behaviourally specialized socially parasitic lineages...
December 8, 2016: Nature Communications
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