Evolutionary Biodemography


The Economy of Ant Colonies: Growth, Maintenance, and Reproduction of a Superorganism

Conducted by Boris Kramer; Alexander Scheuerlein, Jutta Gampe, Ralf Schaible; in Collaboration with Alexandra Schrempf (University of Regensburg, Germany)

Eusociality is recognized as a strong driver of lifespan evolution. While queens show extraordinary lifespans of 20 years and more, worker lifespan is short and variable. Here, we use eusocial insects as a model to study investment in the growth, the maintenance, and the reproduction of superorganisms by following ant colonies throughout their life cycle.Detailed description

Research keywords: Ageing, Mortality and Longevity; Biodemography


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PLoS One 10:9, e0137969-e0137969 (2015).
McNamara, J. M.; Houston, A. I.; Barta, Z.; Scheuerlein. A.; Fromhage, L.:
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London/B 276:1675, 4061-4066 (2009).