01 October 2010 → 30 September 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
- Animal biology
relatedness colony structure Formica rufa
Recent genetic analyses in an isolated wood ant (Formica rufa)population in the Sint-Sixtus forest revealed strong variation in relatedness among workers, and in colony structure and number of queens ruling a colony. This project aims to determine udnerlying causes and consequences of this variation. Hyptheses will be tested through a combination of behavioural observations, morphometric measurements, experimental manipulations and genetic analyses.