Monday, 31 July 2006: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Executive (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 5: Conflict and cooperation in symbioses between social insects and micro-organisms
Symbioses are intimate relationship between species, ranging from beneficial for both partners (mutualistic) to beneficial for only one partner at the cost of the other (parasitic). Even when mutualistic, the potential for conflict remains because the interests of partners are never completely aligned. Recent research has shown that hosts and symbionts have evolved a range of ways to manipulate each other’s behaviour and/or reproduction. However, the relative power of hosts and symbionts differs between different mutualisms and depends on many factors, for example on whether symbionts are endo- or ectosymbionts, whether reproduction is sexual or asexual, and whether transmission is horizontal or vertical. This symposium aims to review recent progress in this field of conflict and cooperation.
Organizers:Michael Poulsen
Duur K. Aanen
1:30 PMPaper Withdrawn
1:50 PMAntimicrobial defences and the evolution of sociality
Adam Stow, Dave Briscoe, Andrew Beattie
2:10 PMBlochmannia in Camponotus: From the genome of the endosymbiont to physiological function for the host
Roy Gross, Heike Feldhaar
2:30 PMParasite-host adaptations shaping symbioses in the fungus-growing ant-microbe symbiosis
Nicole M. Gerardo, Ulrich G. Mueller, Cameron R. Currie
2:50 PMSignatures of diffuse co-evolution between leaf-cutting ants and their cultivars
Alexander Mikheyev, Ulrich G. Mueller, Jacobus J. Boomsma, Patrick Abbot
3:10 PM“Weeds” in the gardens of attine ants: symbionts or commensalists?
Andre Rodrigues, Fernando C. Pagnocca, Mauricio Bacci JR, Ulrich G. Mueller
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