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  • A depauperate immune repertoire precedes evolution of sociality in bees 

    Barribeau, Seth M.; Sadd, Ben M.; du Plessis, Louis; Brown, Mark J.; Buechel, Severine D.; Cappelle, Kaat; Carolan, James C.; Christiaens, Olivier; Colgan, Thomas J.; Erler, Silvio; Evans, Jay; Helbing, Sophie; Karaus, Elke; Lattorff, H. M. G.; Marxer, Monika; Meeus, Ivan; Näpflin, Kathrin; Niu, Jinzhi; Schmid-Hempel, Regula; Smagghe, Guy; Waterhouse, Robert M.; Yu, Na; Zdobnov, Evgeny M.; Schmid-Hempel, Paul (2015-04-24)
    Background Sociality has many rewards, but can also be dangerous, as high population density and low genetic diversity, common in social insects, is ideal for parasite transmission. Despite this risk, honeybees and other ...