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Nature of a Greenbeard Gene in the Fire Ant

Project description

Insights into the evolutionary mechanisms of social behaviour

Theory predicts that altruistic behaviours should occur only among related individuals. Surprisingly, the so-called Green-beard effect lead genetically unrelated individuals to cooperate as long as they share the same cooperation locus. The key objective of the EU-funded GreenAnt project is to study a Green-beard genetic element – the Social b supergene – in the fire ant, where carriers kill non-bearer queens. Researchers are interested to understand the genetic basis of the Green-beard effect in this species, and how it is maintained and spread. Results will provide fundamental insight into the evolutionary mechanisms of social behaviour.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Net EU contribution
€ 203 149,44
Address
Quartier Unil-centre Bâtiment Unicentre
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 203 149,44