Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity

Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity

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Organization of Insect Societies: From Genome to Sociocomplexity

In this landmark volume, an international group of scientists has synthesized their collective expertise and insight into a newly unified vision of insect societies and what they can reveal about how sociality has arisen as an evolutionary strategy.

Jürgen Gadau and Jennifer Fewell have assembled leading researchers from the fields of molecular biology, evolutionary genetics, neurophysiology, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary theory to reexamine the question of sociality in insects. Recent advances in social complexity theory and the sequencing of the honeybee genome ensure that this book will be valued by anyone working on sociality in insects. At the same time, the theoretical ideas presented will be of broad-ranging significance to those interested in social evolution and complex systems.

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ISBN-13: 9780674031258
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/15/2009
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by E. O. Wilson
  • Acknowledgments

    I. Transitions in Social Evolution
    Introduction by Jürgen Gadau
  1. The Evolution of Social Insect Mating Systems Jacobus J. Boomsma, Daniel J. C. Kronauer, and Jes S. Pedersen
  2. The Evolution of Queen Numbers in Ants: From One to Many and Back Jürgen Heinze and Susanne Foitzik
  3. Aging of Social Insects Olav Rueppell
  4. The Ecological Setting of Social Evolution: The Demography of Ant Populations Blaine J. Cole
  5. Control of Termite Caste Differentiation Colin S. Brent
  6. Termites: An Alternative Road to Eusociality and the Importance of Group Benefits in Social Insects Judith Korb
  7. The Evolution of Communal Behavior in Bees and Wasps: An Alternative to Eusociality William T. Wcislo and Simon M. Tierney

  8. II. Communication
    Introduction by Tomas D. Seeley
  9. Cue Diversity and Social Recognition Michael D. Breed and Robert Buchwald
  10. Adaptations in the Olfactory System of Social Hymenoptera Christoph J. Kleineidam and Wolfgang Rössler
  11. Fertility Signaling as a General Mechanism of Regulating Reproductive Division of Labor in Ants Christian Peeters and Jürgen Liebig
  12. Vibrational Signals in Social Wasps: A Role in Caste Determination? Robert L. Jeanne
  13. Convergent Evolution of Food Recruitment Mechanism in Bees and Wasps James C. Nieh
  14. The Organization of Social Foraging in Ants: Energetics and Communication Flavio Roces

  15. III. Neurogenetic Basis of Social Behavior
    Introduction by Robert E. Page Jr.
  16. Behavioral Genetics in Social Insects Greg J. Hunt and Jürgen Gadau
  17. Sensory Thresholds, Learning, and the Division of Foraging Labor in the Honeybee Ricarda Scheiner and Joachim Erber
  18. Social Life from Solitary Regulatory Networks: A Paradigm for Insect Sociality Robert E. Page Jr., Timothy A. Linksvayer, and Gro V. Amdam
  19. Social Brains and Behavior, Past and Present Wulfila Gronenberg and Andre J. Riveros
  20. Plasticity in the Circadian Clock and the Temporal Organization of Insect Societies Guy Bloch

  21. IV. Theoretical Perspectives on Social Organization
    Introduction by Jennifer Fewell
  22. The Dawn of a Golden Age in Mathematical Insect Sociobiology Nigel R. Franks, Anna Dornhaus, James A.ºR. Marshall, and Francois-Xavier Dechaume Moncharmont
  23. Positive Feedback, Convergent Collective Patterns, and Social Transitions in Arthropods Raphaël Jeanson and Jean-Louis Deneubourg
  24. Division of Labor in the Context of Complexity Jennifer Fewell, Shana K. Schmidt, and Thomas Taylor
  25. Insect Societies as Models for Collective Decision-Making Stephen Pratt
  26. From Social Behavior to Molecules: Models and Modules in the Middle Gene E. Robinson and Andrew B. Barron
  27. Social Insects as Models in Epidemiology: Establishing the Foundation for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Disease and Sociality Nina H. Fefferman and James F.ºA. Traniello
  28. Social Insects and the Individuality Thesis: Cohesion and the Colony as a Selectable Individual Andrew Hamilton, Nathan R. Smith, and Matthew H. Haber
  29. Social Insects, Evo-Devo, and the Novelty Problem: The Advantage of “Natural Experiments” Sensu Boveri Jürgen Gadau and Manfred Laubichler

  • Index

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