Social complexity and nesting habits are factors in the evolution of antimicrobial defences in wasps.

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Stephen J Hoggard; Peter D Wilson; Andrew J Beattie; Adam J Stow;

Microbial diseases are important selective agents in social insects and one major defense mechanism is the secretion of cuticular antimicrobial compounds. We hypothesized that given differences in group size, social complexity, and nest type the secretions of these anti... View more
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