Genomes and Genes
K R Foster
Affiliation: Rice University
- Colony kin structure and male production in Dolichovespula waspsK R Foster
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Mol Ecol 10:1003-10. 2001..The trend revealed by this comparison is as predicted by kin selection theory suggesting that colony kin structure has been pivotal in the evolution of the yellowjacket wasps...
- Do we need to put society first? The potential for tragedy in antimicrobial resistanceKevin R Foster
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
PLoS Med 3:e29. 2006
- Kin selection is the key to altruismKevin R Foster
Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki 00014, Finland
Trends Ecol Evol 21:57-60. 2006..Here, we discuss what these articles say about kin selection and how it relates to the theory. We conclude that kin selection remains the key explanation for the evolution of altruism in eusocial insects...
- A general model for the evolution of mutualismsK R Foster
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
J Evol Biol 19:1283-93. 2006..We explain the relationship of our model to existing theories and discuss the empirical evidence for our predictions...
- Cheating can stabilize cooperation in mutualismsKevin R Foster
Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 56, 00014 Finland
Proc Biol Sci 273:2233-9. 2006..This suggests that the presence of cheaters and cheater species in many mutualisms is central to the maintenance of partner choice and, paradoxically, cooperation itself...
- The effect of sex-allocation biasing on the evolution of worker policing in hymenopteran societiesK R Foster
Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Am Nat 158:615-23. 2001..Our model reveals an important interaction between two reproductive conflicts in which the presence of one conflict (sex allocation) favors the suppression of the other (male production by workers)...
- Biomedicine. Hamiltonian medicine: why the social lives of pathogens matterKevin R Foster
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Science 308:1269-70. 2005
- Pleiotropy as a mechanism to stabilize cooperationKevin R Foster
Ecology and Evolution, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA
Nature 431:693-6. 2004..discoideum because defecting on prestalk cell production results in an even greater reduction in spores. We propose that the evolution of pleiotropic links between cheating and personal costs can stabilize cooperative adaptations...
- Diminishing returns in social evolution: the not-so-tragic commonsK R Foster
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
J Evol Biol 17:1058-72. 2004..This suggests that the tragedy of the commons is not so tragic and that the disruptive effects of competition upon social life will often be minor...
- The costs and benefits of being a chimeraKevin R Foster
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Proc Biol Sci 269:2357-62. 2002..Thus, chimerism is costly, which may be why it evolves so seldom, but in D. discoideum the benefits of large size appear to compensate...
- Convergent evolution of worker policing by egg eating in the honeybee and common waspK R Foster
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield University, UK
Proc Biol Sci 268:169-74. 2001..51 +/- 0.04, 95% confidence interval). Worker policing in V. vulgaris may be selected due to the colony-level benefit of conflict suppression...
- Do hornets have zombie workers?K R Foster
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Mol Ecol 9:735-42. 2000..The genetic data also revealed diploid males in one colony, the first example in the vespine wasps, and two colonies with double matrilines, suggesting that occasional usurpation by spring queens occurs...
- High relatedness maintains multicellular cooperation in a social amoeba by controlling cheater mutantsOwen M Gilbert
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, MS 170, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:8913-7. 2007..Our findings show how altruism is preserved from the disruptive effects of such mutant cheaters and how exceptionally high relatedness among cells is important in promoting the cooperation that underlies multicellular development...
- The sociobiology of biofilmsCarey D Nadell
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
FEMS Microbiol Rev 33:206-24. 2009..Biofilms will typically result from a balance between competition and cooperation, and we argue that understanding this balance is central to building a complete and predictive model of biofilm formation...
- Species-level selection reduces selfishness through competitive exclusionD J Rankin
Laboratory of Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
J Evol Biol 20:1459-68. 2007..Our results suggest that species-level selection and community dynamics play an important role in regulating the intensity of conflicts in natural populations...
- Conflict resolution in insect societiesFrancis L W Ratnieks
Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Annu Rev Entomol 51:581-608. 2006..However, three key factors (kinship, coercion, and constraint) typically combine to limit the effects of reproductive conflict and often lead to complete resolution...
- Cooperation: bridging ecology and sociobiologyKevin R Foster
Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratories, USA
Curr Biol 17:R319-21. 2007..New support for the idea has come from a study which shifted the path of evolution from cooperation to cheating in flasks of bacteria, simply by altering their disturbance regime...
- The evolution of quorum sensing in bacterial biofilmsCarey D Nadell
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
PLoS Biol 6:e14. 2008..More generally, this work shows that the balance of competition within and among biofilms can be pivotal in the evolution of quorum sensing...
- Cultural transmission can inhibit the evolution of altruistic helpingLaurent Lehmann
Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA
Am Nat 172:12-24. 2008..In these cases, selection for harming behavior (decreasing the payoff to neighbors) may occur rather than selection for helping...
- Sperm sociality: cooperation, altruism, and spiteTommaso Pizzari
Edward Grey Institute in Department of Zoology of University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
PLoS Biol 6:e130. 2008
- Cooperation and conflict in microbial biofilmsJoao B Xavier
Center for Systems Biology, Harvard University, Bauer Laboratory, 7 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104:876-81. 2007..Our model fundamentally changes how biofilms are expected to respond to changing social conditions; the presence of multiple strains in a biofilm should promote rather than inhibit polymer secretion...
- Can cuticular lipids provide sufficient information for within-colony nepotism in wasps?Francesca R Dani
Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e Genetica, Universita di Firenze, Via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Proc Biol Sci 271:745-53. 2004..Our data suggest that epicuticular lipids at best provide reliable information for intracolony nepotistic discrimination in multiple-queen colonies composed of unrelated lines...
- Sociobiology: the Phoenix effectKevin R Foster
Nature 441:291-2. 2006