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Organization of Insect Societies

From Genome to Sociocomplexity

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$100.00 • £80.95 • €90.00

ISBN 9780674031258

Publication Date: 02/28/2009


640 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones, 46 line illustrations


  • Foreword / E.O. Wilson
  • Acknowledgments
  • I. Transitions in Social Evolution
    • Introduction / Jürgen Gadau
    • 1. The Evolution of Social Insect Mating Systems / Jacobus J. Boomsma, Daniel J.C. Kronauer, and Jes S. Pedersen
    • 2. The Evolution of Queen Numbers in Ants: From One to Many and Back / Jürgen Heinze and Susanne Foitzik
    • 3. Aging of Social Insects / Olav Rueppell
    • 4. The Ecological Setting of Social Evolution: The Demography of Ant Populations / Blaine J. Cole
    • 5. Control of Termite Caste Differentiation / Colin S. Brent
    • 6. Termites: An Alternative Road to Eusociality and the Importance of Group Benefits in Social Insects / Judith Korb
    • 7. The Evolution of Communal Behavior in Bees and Wasps: An Alternative to Eusociality / William T. Wcislo and Simon M. Tierney
  • II. Communication
    • Introduction / Thomas D. Seeley
    • 8. Cue Diversity and Social Recognition / Michael D. Breed and Robert Buchwald
    • 9. Adaptations in the Olfactory System of Social Hymenoptera / Christoph J. Kleineidam and Wolfgang Rössler
    • 10. Fertility Signaling as a General Mechanism of Regulating Reproductive Division of Labor in Ants / Christian Peeters and Jürgen Liebig
    • 11. Vibrational Signals in Social Wasps: A Role in Caste Determination? / Robert L. Jeanne
    • 12. Convergent Evolution of Food Recruitment Mechanism in Bees and Wasps / James C. Nieh
    • 13. The Organization of Social Foraging in Ants: Energetics and Communication / Flavio Roces
  • III. Neurogenetic Basis of Social Behavior
    • Introduction / Robert E. Page, Jr.
    • 14. Behavioral Genetics in Social Insects / Greg J. Hunt and Jürgen Gadau
    • 15. Sensory Thresholds, Learning, and the Division of Foraging Labor in the Honeybee / Ricarda Scheiner and Joachim Erber
    • 16. Social Life from Solitary Regulatory Networks: A Paradigm for Insect Sociality / Robert E. Page, Jr., Timothy A. Linksvayer, and Gro V. Amdam
    • 17. Social Brains and Behavior, Past and Present / Wulfila Gronenberg and Andre J. Riveros
    • 18. Plasticity in the Circadian Clock and the Temporal Organization of Insect Societies / Guy Bloch
  • IV. Theoretical Perspectives on Social Organization
    • Introduction / Jennifer Fewell
    • 19. The Dawn of a Golden Age in Mathematical Insect Sociobiology / Nigel R. Franks, Anna Dornhaus, James A.R. Marshall, and Francois-Xavier Dechaume Moncharmont
    • 20. Positive Feedback, Convergent Collective Patterns, and Social Transitions in Arthropods / Raphaël Jeanson and Jean-Louis Deneubourg
    • 21. Division of Labor in the Context of Complexity / Jennifer Fewell, Shana K. Schmidt, and Thomas Taylor
    • 22. Insect Societies as Models for Collective Decision-Making / Stephen Pratt
    • 23. From Social Behavior to Molecules: Models and Modules in the Middle / Gene E. Robinson and Andrew B. Barron
    • 24. Social Insects as Models in Epidemiology: Establishing the Foundation for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Disease and Sociality / Nina H. Fefferman and James F.ºA. Traniello
    • 25. Social Insects and the Individuality Thesis: Cohesion and the Colony as a Selectable Individual / Andrew Hamilton, Nathan R. Smith, and Matthew H. Haber
    • 26. Social Insects, Evo-Devo, and the Novelty Problem: The Advantage of “Natural Experiments” Sensu Boveri / Jürgen Gadau and Manfred Laubichler
  • Index

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