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Comprehensive analysis of the genetic basis of the patterns of reproduction and resource allocation found in the social insect colonies - bees, wasps, ants, and termites. Contents: inclusive fitness and sex allocation; evolution in insects; evolution of colony characteristics; intra-colony conflicts over sex allocation; colony-level variation of sex ratios.
"The ground covered is astounding, including detailed treatments of both theoretical and empirical studies on social insects. . . . no better team could have tackled the enormous task of writing this book." --Science
"An analysis of the genetic determinants in the reproductive patterns of social insect colonies as well as the genetic and behavioral characteristics of individuals within the colonies. . . .While this book may be of particular use to geneticists, entomologists, and social biologists, it should interest anyone involved in population genetics or social evolution."--BIOSIS
"It is not surprising that this book gives an excellent and thorough overview of the mathematical models, since the authors are responsible for a good number of them. However, what is of equal value is the yeoman work the authors have done to collect and organize the vast number of studies that can be used to test the models. For any serious student of social insects, just the tables of data put
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