The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization.

TitleThe genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSadd BM, Barribeau SM, Bloch G, de Graaf DC, Dearden P, Elsik CG, Gadau J, Grimmelikhuijzen CJP, Hasselmann M, Lozier JD et al.
JournalGenome biology
Volume16
Pagination76
Date PublishedApr
ISSN1465-6914
Abstract

The shift from solitary to social behavior is one of the major evolutionary transitions. Primitively eusocial bumblebees are uniquely placed to illuminate the evolution of highly eusocial insect societies. Bumblebees are also invaluable natural and agricultural pollinators, and there is widespread concern over recent population declines in some species. High-quality genomic data will inform key aspects of bumblebee biology, including susceptibility to implicated population viability threats.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25908251
DOI10.1186/s13059-015-0623-3