Sociogenomics and proteomics of altruistic behavior in the honeybee

01 January 2008 → 30 December 2013
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
altruism honeybee social behavior
Project description

The objective of this project is to get insights into the physiology of suppressed fertility of worker bees and of policing behavior of worker bees that eat the eggs of fertile nest mates. What drives on the one hand the worker bees that withdraw from the altruistic doctrine and deposit eggs themselves and on the other hand those that call their selfish sisters to order.