|Title:||Cheaters sometimes prosper: targeted worker reproduction in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies during swarming|
|Authors:||Holmes, Michael J.|
Oldroyd, Benjamin P.
Allsopp, Michael H.
|Citation:||Data published in Michael J. Holmes, Benjamin P. Oldroyd, Michael Dunchan, Michael H. Allsopp and Madeleine Beekman. 2013. 'Cheaters sometimes prosper: targeted worker reproduction in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies during swarming'. Molecular Ecology 22 (16), 4298-4306.|
|Abstract:||Kin selection theory predicts that honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers should largely refrain from producing their own offspring, as the workers collectively have higher inclusive fitness if they rear the sons of their mother, the queen. Studies that have quantified levels of ovary activation and reproduction among workers have largely supported this prediction. In contrast we show here that the overall contribution of workers to male (drone) production is 4.2%, nearly 40 times higher than is generally reported, and is highest during reproductive swarming, when an average of 6.2% of the males genotyped are worker-produced. Similarly, workers in our samples were 100 times more likely to have active ovaries than previously assumed. Worker reproduction is seasonally influenced and peaks when colonies are rearing new queens. Not all worker subfamilies contribute equally to reproduction. Instead, certain subfamilies are massively over-represented in drone brood. By laying eggs within the period in which many colonies produce virgin queens, these rare worker subfamilies increase their direct fitness via their well-timed sons.|
|Type of Work:||Dataset|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Biological Sciences|
|Active-ovary workers.xlsx||16.49 kB||Unknown|
|Worker-laid Drones.xlsx||21.23 kB||Unknown|
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