Friday, 4 August 2006: 1:30 PM-6:20 PM
Diplomat (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 24: Conflict Resolution in Insect Societies
Insect societes are subject to a wide range of potential reproductive conflicts. These conflicts occur over many aspects of reproduction, and divide the individuals within a society in a great variety of different ways. Despite the presence of these potential conflicts, insect societies normally operate in a harmonious manner suggesting that most conflicts have been resolved. This symposium will focus on the mechanisms that can cause effective conflict resolutions. Conflict resolution in other systems, including microbes and interspecific mutualisms will also briefly be discussed.
Organizers:Francis L.W. Ratnieks
Kevin R. Foster
1:30 PMConflict resolution in insect societies: the roles of kinship, coercion, and constraint
Francis L.W. Ratnieks
2:10 PMReproductive allocation conflict causes worker policing in hymenopteran societies
Hisashi Ohtsuki, Kazuki Tsuji
2:30 PMSelfish policing in a primitively eusocial wasp
Koji Tsuchida, Takaharu Saigo
2:50 PMFrom obligate cheating to superior cooperation in one mutation
Greg E. Velicer
3:30 PMBreak
4:00 PMDoes relatedness affect microbial social behaviour?
Kevin R. Foster, Esteban Martinez Garcia, Roberto Kolter, Gad Shaulsky, Joan E. Strassmann, David C. Queller
4:20 PMConflict and cooperation between fungi and termites in Macrotermes natalensis
Henrik H. De Fine Licht, Jacobus J. Boomsma, Duur K. Aanen
4:40 PMExtravagant reproductive systems in ants : the role of sexual conflicts and the implications for social evolution
Laurent Keller
5:00 PMProximate mechanisms of queen control over sex ratio in ants
Serge Aron, Denis Fournier, Colin S. Brent, Edward L. Vargo
5:20 PMConflict resolution in Formica ants
Liselotte Sundström
5:40 PMReproductive skew in the black ant: Are workers worth the fight?
Katja Bargum, Liselotte Sundström
6:00 PMInter- and intra- nidal brood parasitism in honey bees
Benjamin P. Oldroyd, Piyamas Nanork, Nadine C. Chapman, Madeliene Beekman
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