Monday, 31 July 2006: 1:30 PM-6:00 PM
Empire (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 1: Social recognition
Recognition behavior is central to many aspects of an insect's social biology (e.g., food item, nestmate, mate recognition). Social insects especially honey bees, Polistes wasps, and Argentine ants have been instrumental in the development of recognition system theory. Speakers in our symposium work on individual components of recognition systems (the expression, perception, and action components), on model systems, and on applied uses of recognition system research (e.g., conservation and invasion biology). Our symposium will begin with a brief history of social insect-based recognition research and will conclude with a discussion of future directions.
Organizers:Michael D. Breed
Philip T. Starks
Stefano Turillazzi
1:30 PMDistinguishing friends from foes: Nestmate recognition in the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
Neil D. Tsutsui, Candice W. Torres, Miriam Brandt
1:50 PMIndividual recognition and long term memory in ant queens
Stephanie Dreier, Jelle S. Van Zweden, Patrizia D'Ettorre
2:10 PMBeyond kin recognition: the action component of recognition systems in social insects
Aviva E. Liebert, Philip T. Starks
2:30 PMNestmate recognition, wax, and the evolution of social communication in honey bees
Michael D. Breed
2:50 PMVenom and recognition in Polistes wasps
S. Turillazzi, L. Dapporto, F.R. Dani, C. Bruschini, R. Cervo, D. Lambardi, G. Mastrobuoni, S. Francese, G. Moneti, G. Pieraccini
3:10 PMSupercolonies in native populations of the Argentine Ant
Valerie Vogel, Jes S. Pedersen, Michael J. B. Krieger, Tatiana Giraud, Laurent Keller
3:30 PMBreak
4:00 PMLarval food availability and the development of visual signals in Polistes wasps
Elizabeth A. Tibbetts, Tracy R. Curtis
4:20 PMBrood abundance, colony size and reproductive monopoly in the wasp Polistes dominulus
Thibaud Monnin
4:40 PMRecognition systems, mate choice, and the invasive Polistes dominulus
Philip T. Starks, Aviva E. Liebert, Caitlin E. Johnson
5:00 PMSocial Heterosis: the Evolution of Genetic Diversity and Sociality
Peter Nonacs, Karen M. Kapheim
5:20 PMRecognition systems in the context of social insect invasions
Andrew V. Suarez
5:40 PMNarrowing the search for nestmate recognition cues in the Argentine ant Linepithema humile
Miriam Brandt, Candice W. Torres, Mikoyan Lagrimas, Robert Sulc, Kenneth J. Shea, Neil D. Tsutsui
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