Polyphenism in Pogonomyrmex ants: molecular mechanisms underlying caste determination and maternal effects on worker size
|Director of thesis||Prof. Laurent Keller|
|Co-director of thesis||Prof. Tanja Schwander|
|Summary of thesis||
Social insects are characterized by extreme phenotypic plasticity in which different phenotypes within the same colony can be produced depending on environmental conditions, despite the high level of genetic relatedness. I am interested in the distinctive worker sizes at different life stages, observed between colony founding stage and established colony, and particularly the potential maternal effect that could influence this phenotype.
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