The evolution of cooperative communication
Grant number: DP120100162 | Funding period: 2012 - 2018
This interdisciplinary project will provide a broad understanding of communication in a model ecological system involving ants, lycaenid butterflies, and host-plants. The project will reveal the nature of the chemical signals used to communicate, and their role in the origin, maintenance, and loss of mutualistic and parasitic associations.
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Insect Antennal Morphology: The Evolution of Diverse Solutions to Odorant Perception
Mark A Elgar, Dong Zhang, Qike Wang, Bernadette Wittwer, Thi Pham Hieu, Tamara L Johnson, Christopher B Freelance, Marianne Coquilleau
Chemical communication involves the production, transmission, and perception of odors. Most adult insects rely on chemical signals..
Solitary bees reduce investment in communication compared with their social relatives
Bernadette Wittwer, Abraham Hefetz, Tovit Simon, Li EK Murphy, Mark A Elgar, Naomi E Pierce, Sarah D Kocher
Social animals must communicate to define group membership and coordinate social organization. For social insects, communication i..
Colony Diet Influences Ant Worker Foraging and Attendance of Myrmecophilous Lycaenid Caterpillars
Sebastian Pohl, Megan E Frederickson, Mark A Elgar, Naomi E Pierce
Foraging animals regulate their intake of macronutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins. However, regulating the intake of the..