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Supergenes, sex and sociality

Laurent Keller

Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biophore, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

In this talk, I will show that social organisation in the fire ant is under the control of a social chromosome that contain a supergene of >10 Mb. This supergene interacts with the social environment to determine the behaviour and other phenotypic characteristics of queens and workers.

Photo credit: Laurent Keller



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