publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Evolution of ageing, costs of reproduction and the fecundity–longevity trade-off in eusocial insects

Blacher, Pierre; Huggins, Timothy J.; Bourke, Andrew F. G.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 12 Jul 2017
  • Country: Somalia
Abstract
Eusocial insects provide special opportunities to elucidate the evolution of ageing as queens have apparently evaded costs of reproduction and reversed the fecundity–longevity trade-off generally observed in non-social organisms. But how reproduction affects longevity in eusocial insects has rarely been tested experimentally. In this study, we took advantage of the reproductive plasticity of workers to test the causal role of reproduction in determining longevity in eusocial insects. Using the eusocial bumblebee Bombus terrestris , we found that, in whole colonies, in which workers could freely ‘choose’ whether to become reproductive, workers9 level of ovarian a...
Subjects
free text keywords: bee; lifespan; life history; senescence; social insect, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Immunology and Microbiology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Environmental Science, General Medicine, Bombus terrestris, biology.organism_classification, biology, Eusociality, Ecology, Longevity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Zoology, Fecundity, Trade-off, Evolution of ageing, Bumblebee, Insect, 1001, 14, 70, Evolution, Research Article, bee, lifespan, life history, senescence, social insect
Related Organizations
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2 Edward DA, Chapman T 2011 Mechanisms underlying reproductive trade-offs: costs of reproduction. In Mechanisms of life history evolution: the genetics and physiology of life history traits and trade-offs (eds Flatt T, Heyland A), pp. 137–152. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

3 Maklakov A, Immler S 2016 The expensive germline and the evolution of ageing. Curr. Biol.26, R577–R586. (10.1016/j.cub.2016.04.012)27404253 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

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5 Reznick D, Nunney L, Tessier A 2000 Big houses, big cars, superfleas and the costs of reproduction. Trends Ecol. Evol.15, 421–425. (10.1016/S0169-5347(00)01941-8)10998520 [PubMed] [DOI]

6 Jones OR et al.2014 Diversity of ageing across the tree of life. Nature 505, 169–173. (10.1038/nature12789)24317695 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

7 Flatt T 2011 Survival costs of reproduction in Drosophila. Exp. Gerontol.46, 369–375. (10.1016/j.exger.2010.10.008)20970491 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

8 Alexander RD, Noonan KM, Crespi BJ 1991 The evolution of eusociality. In The biology of the naked mole-rat (eds Sherman PW, Jarvis JUM, Alexander RD), pp. 3–44. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

9 Carey JR, Judge DS 2001 Life span extension in humans is self-reinforcing: a general theory of longevity. Popul. Dev. Rev.27, 411–436. (10.1111/j.1728-4457.2001.00411.x) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

10 Bourke AFG 2007 Kin selection and the evolutionary theory of aging. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst.38, 103–128. (10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095528) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

11 Keller L, Jemielity S 2006 Social insects as a model to study the molecular basis of ageing. Exp. Gerontol.41, 553–556. (10.1016/j.exger.2006.04.002)16713694 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

12 Heinze J, Schrempf A 2008 Aging and reproduction in social insects — a mini-review. Gerontology 54, 160–167. (10.1159/000122472)18367827 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

13 Parker JD 2010 What are social insects telling us about aging?Myrmecol. News 13, 103–110.

14 Flatt T, Amdam GV, Kirkwood TBL, Omholt SW 2013 Life-history evolution and the polyphenic regulation of somatic maintenance and survival. Q. Rev. Biol.88, 185–218. (10.1086/671484)24053071 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

15 Monroy KJM, Korb J 2016 Editorial overview: social insects: aging and the re-shaping of the fecundity/longevity trade-off with sociality. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci.16, vii–x (10.1016/j.cois.2016.06.002) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

54 references, page 1 of 4
Abstract
Eusocial insects provide special opportunities to elucidate the evolution of ageing as queens have apparently evaded costs of reproduction and reversed the fecundity–longevity trade-off generally observed in non-social organisms. But how reproduction affects longevity in eusocial insects has rarely been tested experimentally. In this study, we took advantage of the reproductive plasticity of workers to test the causal role of reproduction in determining longevity in eusocial insects. Using the eusocial bumblebee Bombus terrestris , we found that, in whole colonies, in which workers could freely ‘choose’ whether to become reproductive, workers9 level of ovarian a...
Subjects
free text keywords: bee; lifespan; life history; senescence; social insect, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Immunology and Microbiology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Environmental Science, General Medicine, Bombus terrestris, biology.organism_classification, biology, Eusociality, Ecology, Longevity, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Zoology, Fecundity, Trade-off, Evolution of ageing, Bumblebee, Insect, 1001, 14, 70, Evolution, Research Article, bee, lifespan, life history, senescence, social insect
Related Organizations
54 references, page 1 of 4

1 Stearns SC 1992 The evolution of life histories. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2 Edward DA, Chapman T 2011 Mechanisms underlying reproductive trade-offs: costs of reproduction. In Mechanisms of life history evolution: the genetics and physiology of life history traits and trade-offs (eds Flatt T, Heyland A), pp. 137–152. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

3 Maklakov A, Immler S 2016 The expensive germline and the evolution of ageing. Curr. Biol.26, R577–R586. (10.1016/j.cub.2016.04.012)27404253 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

4 Van Noordwijk AJ, De Jong G 1986 Acquisition and allocation of resources: their influence on variation in life history tactics. Am. Nat.128, 137–142. (10.1086/284547) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

5 Reznick D, Nunney L, Tessier A 2000 Big houses, big cars, superfleas and the costs of reproduction. Trends Ecol. Evol.15, 421–425. (10.1016/S0169-5347(00)01941-8)10998520 [PubMed] [DOI]

6 Jones OR et al.2014 Diversity of ageing across the tree of life. Nature 505, 169–173. (10.1038/nature12789)24317695 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

7 Flatt T 2011 Survival costs of reproduction in Drosophila. Exp. Gerontol.46, 369–375. (10.1016/j.exger.2010.10.008)20970491 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

8 Alexander RD, Noonan KM, Crespi BJ 1991 The evolution of eusociality. In The biology of the naked mole-rat (eds Sherman PW, Jarvis JUM, Alexander RD), pp. 3–44. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

9 Carey JR, Judge DS 2001 Life span extension in humans is self-reinforcing: a general theory of longevity. Popul. Dev. Rev.27, 411–436. (10.1111/j.1728-4457.2001.00411.x) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

10 Bourke AFG 2007 Kin selection and the evolutionary theory of aging. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst.38, 103–128. (10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095528) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

11 Keller L, Jemielity S 2006 Social insects as a model to study the molecular basis of ageing. Exp. Gerontol.41, 553–556. (10.1016/j.exger.2006.04.002)16713694 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

12 Heinze J, Schrempf A 2008 Aging and reproduction in social insects — a mini-review. Gerontology 54, 160–167. (10.1159/000122472)18367827 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

13 Parker JD 2010 What are social insects telling us about aging?Myrmecol. News 13, 103–110.

14 Flatt T, Amdam GV, Kirkwood TBL, Omholt SW 2013 Life-history evolution and the polyphenic regulation of somatic maintenance and survival. Q. Rev. Biol.88, 185–218. (10.1086/671484)24053071 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

15 Monroy KJM, Korb J 2016 Editorial overview: social insects: aging and the re-shaping of the fecundity/longevity trade-off with sociality. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci.16, vii–x (10.1016/j.cois.2016.06.002) [OpenAIRE] [DOI]

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