Tuesday, 1 August 2006: 10:00 AM-12:20 PM
Diplomat (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 9: Social complexity from solitary circuits: A new paradigm for insect sociality
The symposium will address a new conceptual framework for understanding the evolution and maintenance of social life in insects. Genes conserved from solitary ancestors are being found to play novel roles in social descendents. To learn the existence, regulation, and expression of conserved elements sheds new light on old questions. The symposium will be followed by a roundtable discussion with the following participants (symposium speakers will be present): The discussion will bear the title: "Is the ground-plan approach a new road to understanding?"
Organizers:Olav Rueppell
James H. Hunt
10:00 AMThe forces of social evolution in the origin of eusociality
Edward O. Wilson
10:20 AMCaste polyphenism: Old hormones and old genes for new phenotypes
Klaus Hartfelder
10:40 AMGenetics of the reproductive ground plan in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)
Olav Rueppell, Gro V. Amdam, M. Kim Fondrk, Jennifer M. Tsuruda, Anny Pena, Abby A. Stanley, Osman Kaftanoglu, Robert E. Page Jr.
11:00 AMSocial regulation of foraging in Apis and Polistes: are there conserved molecular pathways?
Amy L. Toth, Thomas C. Newman, Kranthi K. Varala, Matthew E. Hudson, Michael Egholm, Stephen Hutchinson, David Willoughby, Jan F. Simons, James H. Hunt, Gene E. Robinson
11:20 AMA Diapause Ground Plan Underlies the Fundamental Caste Difference in Polistes
James H. Hunt
11:40 AMRoundtable Discussion: Is the ground plan approach a new road to understanding?
James H. Hunt
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