Our paper on the genetic diversity of the fire ant social chromosomes has been accepted in Molecular Ecology and is now available online!
The fire ant social chromosomes carry a supergene that controls the number of queens in a colony. We describe a few features of this supergene system:
You can check out the press release, which covers some of the details about our work.
The full reference is: R Pracana, A Priyam, I Levantis, RA Nichols and Y Wurm. (2017) The fire ant social chromosome supergene variant Sb shows low diversity but high divergence from SB Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14054
February 21, 2017