Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology

P. Kennedy, G. Baron, B. Qiu, D. Freitak, H. Helantera, E. Hunt, F. Manfredini, T. O’Shea Wheller, S. Patalano, C. Pull, T. Sasaki, D. Taylor, C. Wyatt, S. Sumner, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32 (2017) 861–872.

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Social insect societies are long-standing models for understanding social behaviour and evolution. Unlike other advanced biological societies (such as the multicellular body), the component parts of social insect societies can be easily deconstructed and manipulated. Recent methodological and theoretical innovations have exploited this trait to address an expanded range of biological questions. We illustrate the broadening range of biological insight coming from social insect biology with four examples. These new frontiers promote open-minded, interdisciplinary exploration of one of the richest and most complex of biological phenomena: sociality.
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2017-11-01
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Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Acknowledgement
We thank participants at the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (North West Europe Section) for their invaluable contributions to discussions on these topics at the Winter Meeting of 2015, at the University of Bristol. We also thank A.F.G. Bourke, M.J.F. Brown and three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.
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32
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11
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861 - 872
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Kennedy P, Baron G, Qiu B, et al. Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2017;32(11):861-872. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.004
Kennedy, P., Baron, G., Qiu, B., Freitak, D., Helantera, H., Hunt, E., … Sumner, S. (2017). Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(11), 861–872. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.004
Kennedy, Patrick, Gemma Baron, Bitao Qiu, Dalial Freitak, Heikki Helantera, Edmund Hunt, Fabio Manfredini, et al. “Deconstructing Superorganisms and Societies to Address Big Questions in Biology.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32, no. 11 (2017): 861–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.004.
P. Kennedy et al., “Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology,” Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 861–872, 2017.
Kennedy P, Baron G, Qiu B, Freitak D, Helantera H, Hunt E, Manfredini F, O’Shea Wheller T, Patalano S, Pull C, Sasaki T, Taylor D, Wyatt C, Sumner S. 2017. Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32(11), 861–872.
Kennedy, Patrick, et al. “Deconstructing Superorganisms and Societies to Address Big Questions in Biology.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 32, no. 11, Cell Press, 2017, pp. 861–72, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.004.
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