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Kin recognition in social insects

Gadagkar, R (1988) Kin recognition in social insects. In: IUSSI Indian Chapter, Newsletter, 2 (1). pp. 4-5.

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In two very well known papers in 1964, W. D. Hamilton proposed a genetical theory for the evolution of altruistic and other social behaviour, a theory which is now known as kin selection. Hamilton's ideas were rapidly appreciated and widely applied (Wilson, 1971 ). Yet, at least for the next 15 years; we had no clue as to how animals assessed kinship or genetic relatedness amongst themselves. This situation has now changed and the ability to discriminate kin from non-kin has been reported not only in ants, bees and wasps but also in marine invertebrates. isopods, fishes, frogs, toads, birds and a variety of mammalian species (Gadagkar, 1985).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IUSSI Indian Chapter, Newsletter
Publisher: IUSSI Indian Chapter
Additional Information: copyright to this article belongs to IUSSI Indian Chapter
Keywords: Social insects, Kin recognition, Apis mellifera, Haplodiploidy
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 07:31
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 07:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67771

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