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External immune defence in ant societies (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): the role of antimicrobial venom and metapleural gland secretion

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Tragust, Simon:
External immune defence in ant societies (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): the role of antimicrobial venom and metapleural gland secretion.
In: Myrmecological News. Bd. 23 (September 2016) . - S. 119-128.
ISSN 1994-4136

Abstract

Recently, antimicrobial secretions acting in the environment of an organism have been described as external immunedefence. Here I review evidence that antimicrobial secretions from two exocrine glands of ants, the venom gland andthe metapleural glands, indeed function as external immune defence in order to increase the livelihood and hygienewithin the colony. I will argue that the evolution of external immune defence has likely been favoured in social insectsdue to their lifestyle, i.e., due to their often long-lived and large societies, with permanent nests and the potentialstorage of food. Although external immune defence is widely documented for social insects, we still lack a betterunderstanding of how external immune defence integrates into other parasite defence traits of social insects and generalhost physiology. Therefore, I will point to potential limitations and shortcomings of our current knowledge on externalimmune defence in insect societies and highlight potential new avenues for future research.

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Publikationsform: Artikel in einer Zeitschrift
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Zusätzliche Informationen: BAYCEER137203
Keywords: Review; Ecological immunology; Life history; Trade-off; Immunity; Social insects
Institutionen der Universität: Forschungseinrichtungen
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren
Forschungseinrichtungen > Forschungszentren > Bayreuther Zentrum für Ökologie und Umweltforschung - BayCEER
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften > Fachgruppe Biologie > Lehrstuhl Tierökologie I
Fakultäten
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften
Fakultäten > Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften > Fachgruppe Biologie
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
Themengebiete aus DDC: 500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Eingestellt am: 19 Jan 2018 08:20
Letzte Änderung: 19 Jan 2018 08:20
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/41413