The first of several manuscripts using our pharaoh ant mapping population!

After more than 10 years of hard work establishing the pharaoh ant mapping population by systematically intercrossing 8 initial parental lineages, we have completed the first manuscript using the heterogeneous stock mapping population. In the manuscript now on biorxiv, “Ant collective behavior is heritable and shaped by selection“, Justin quantified variation for three collective behaviors, as well as caste ratio, sex ratio, and body size for three replicate sub-colonies of 81 distinct colony genotypes of known pedigree to estimate heritability and genetic correlations for the traits, as well as the strength and pattern of selection acting on the traits.

 

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