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.
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Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF
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