Monday, 31 July 2006: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Executive (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 6: Genetic and reproductive structure of termite colonies
Explaining variation in the reproductive structure of colonies is a central goal of studies on social insects. Following a longstanding emphasis on the eusocial Hymenoptera, there has been a recent burst of interest in the breeding structure of termite colonies, stimulated in part by the development of microsatellite markers. This symposium will review what these studies have revealed about patterns of reproduction in termites, including species of economic and ecological significance. The speakers will discuss the genetic structure of colonies and populations, with particular attention to variation in the number and relatedness of reproductives.
Organizer:Eldridge S. Adams
4:00 PMPopulation and reproductive structure in the giant northern termite, Mastotermes darwiniensis
Michael A. D. Goodisman, Ross Crozier
4:20 PMGenetic analysis of breeding systems and population structure in species of Reticulitermes from the eastern U.S
Edward L. Vargo
4:40 PMBreeding system and social organization of subterranean termites: insight into European species
Franck Dedeine, Laurianne Leniaud, Stéphanie Dronnet, Magdalena Kutnik, Simon Dupont, Denis Limousin, Thomas Lefebvre, Christopher J. DeHeer, Edward L. Vargo, Anne-Geneviève Bagnères
5:00 PMPartner Selection and Inbreeding Avoidance in Formosan Subterranean Termites
Claudia Husseneder, Dawn M. Simms
5:20 PMPopulation and colony structure of the fungus-growing termite Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) in two African savanna ecosystems
Hans Oberender, Judith Korb
5:40 PMPolygyny and reproductive skew in the neotropical termite Nasutitermes corniger
Eldridge S. Adams, Lynn Atkinson
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