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Understanding the Emerging Behaviors and Demands for the Colony Success of Social Insects: A Mathematical Approach

Abstract The most advanced social insects, the eusocial insects, form often large societies in which there is reproductive division of labor, queens and workers, have overlapping generations, and cooperative brood care where daughter workers remain in the nest with their queen mother and care for their siblings. The eusocial insects are composed of representative species of bees and wasps, and all species of ants and termites. Much is known about their organizational structure, but remains to be discovered.

The success of social insects is dependent upon cooperative behavior and adaptive strategies shaped by natural selection that respond to internal or external conditions. The objective of my research was to investigate specific mechanisms that ... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Rodriguez Messan, Marisabel (Author) / Kang, Yun (Advisor) / Castillo-Chavez, Carlos (Advisor) / Kuang, Yang (Committee member) / Page Jr., Robert E (Committee member) / Gardner, Carl (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Applied mathematics / Ecology / Biology / Cannibalism / Division of labor / Honeybees / Leafcutter ants / Social Insects / Vitellogenin
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 174 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Applied Mathematics 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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