Genetic, individual, and group facilitation of disease resistance in insect societies

Noah Wilson-Rich, Marla Spivak, Nina H. Fefferman, Philip T. Starks

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Abstract

In this review, we provide a current reference on disease resistance in insect societies. We start with the genetics of immunity in the context of behavioral and physiological processes and scale up levels of biological organization until we reach populations. A significant component of this review focuses on Apis mellifera and its role as a model system for studies on social immunity. We additionally review the models that have been applied to disease transmission in social insects and elucidate areas for future study in the field of social immunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-423
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual review of entomology
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Disease susceptibility
  • Eusociality
  • Hymenoptera
  • Invertebrate immunology
  • Modeling

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