Genetic, individual, and group facilitation of disease resistance in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and two species of paper wasps (Polistes dominulus and P. fuscatus).

Wilson-Rich, Noah.


  • Abstract: Social insects are remarkable for their extreme form of group living. This includes a reproductive division of labor, overlap of generations, and cooperative care for the brood. The global success of social insects suggests that the benefits of eusociality outweigh its costs. In this dissertation, I investigated how three species of social insects resist disease at multiple levels of ... read more
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