International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI2018), August 5-10, 2018 in Guarujá, Brazil.

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Symposia Group 1 - Genomics of Social Insects
Symposium 1.1 - The concept of epigenetics and its applicability to the study of social insects
Speakers Abstract
Kenji Matsuura Genomic imprinting drives the evolution of termite eusociality
Nicholas Myles Allen Smith Genomic Imprinting in South African honey bees
Elizabeth Jenness Duncan Genome organisation and response to queen mandibular pheromone in the honeybee (Apis mellifera).
Jack Howe Is worker reproduction in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants affected by genomic imprinting?
Paul Hurd The epigenetic basis of nutrition-mediated caste identity in the honey bee
Thiago da Silva Depintor Differential expression of developmental genes in response to the morphogenetic hormones in Apis mellifera
Romain Libbrecht Epigenetic regulation of circadian rhythm in ants
Boris Yagound Is worker reproduction influenced by sperm-specific DNA methylation in the honey bee?
Symposium 1.2 - Evolutionary co–option and "Ground Plan" revisited by current physiology and genomics
Speakers Abstract
Zilá L. P. Simões The genome of the eusocial Frieseomelitta varia stingless bee: a model species for reproductive dominance studies
Graham J Thompson Soldier-biased gene expression in a termite implies indirect selection for defense
Michael R Warner Comparative transcriptomics of caste development across multiple origins of eusociality
Yasukazu Okada Rapid modification of nutrition-related genes in response to social rank in monomorphic queenless ant.
Adria C. LeBoeuf Molecular evolution of juvenile hormone esterase-like proteins in a socially exchanged fluid
Alexander Raymond Walton Starve a Worker, Feed a Colony: Nutrition, ovary size, and cooperation in social insect societies
Keigo Uematsu Evolution of a sterile soldier caste by heterochronic expression of seasonal polyphenism in social aphids
Isobel Ronai The mechanistic, genetic and evolutionary basis of worker sterility in the social Hymenoptera
Kiyoto Maekawa Evolution of sterile caste in termites: missing link between the functions of JH and ecdysone
Ken Sasaki Biogenic amines and division of labor in eusocial Hymenoptera
Symposium 1.3 - Genome editing in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Luigi Pontieri Developmental staging scheme of the ant Monomorium pharaonis: a potential new model for developmental biology
Thomas D. P. Hart Generation of transgenic lines using piggyBac transposons in the clonal raider ant
Waring Trible CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in social insects: practical considerations and future directions
Rong Ma Heritable gene editing by targeted delivery of Cas9 nuclease to the germline in bumble bees (Bombus impatiens)
Alexis Hill Progress towards a universal CRISPR/Cas9-depedent strategy to create genetically encoded tools for neuroethological studies in insects
Martin Beye Genetic Technologies in honeybees
Hiroki Kohno Production of mKast mutatnt drones and heterozygote mutant workers by genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9
John Wang Development of CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis and transgenics in the fire ant
Symposium 1.4 - From genes to societies
Speakers Abstract
Martin Beye Genetic instruction of behaviors in honeybees?
Tim Gernat Reduced trophallactic activity in response to virus infection in automatically monitored honeybee colonies
Anete Pedro Lourenço Genes and genetic pathways in bees: from solitary to social behavior
Amro Zayed Studying the genetics of colony-level traits using GWAS in honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Waring Trible Frequency-dependent selection of a recently derived social parasite in the clonal raider ant
Hua Yan Generating genetic tools in ants to study behavior and neural development
Amy L. Toth Polistes wasps: a model genus for social evolution in the genomic era
Kohei Oguchi Juvenile hormone action inducing neotenic differentiation in the damp-wood termite
Laurent The origin of sex chromosomes in fire ants
Natalia de Souza Araujo Unveiling the expression dynamics of genes involved in bee sociality
Symposium 1.5 - From Omics to functionality in non–model social insects
Speakers Abstract
Ann Kathrin Huylmans Sex Chromosome Evolution in Termites with Different Social Complexities
Alexander Paul Screening for neuropeptide modulators of nursing and foraging behavior in the clonal raider ant
Elizabeth Cash Functional genetic study of chemical recognition systems in Argentine ants
Fontana Silvia The role of gene duplication in the evolution of the fire ant social chromosome
Alexander Mikheyev Parallel evolution of invasive ant populations
Rajbir Kraur Attack or no Attack - Gene expression of host during slavemaker defence depends on success of parasite population not on parasite prevalence of host
Yannick Wurm Brain gene expression response to pesticide exposure indicates effects on cognition.
Pepijn Wilhelmus Kooij Genome assembly of the fungus Leucoagaricus gongylophorus cultivated by the ant Atta colombica using long-read MinION sequences
Eckart Stolle Genetic mapping in the genomics era - the unusual genetic architecture of thelytokous reproduction in honeybees
Symposium 1.6 - GAGA and beyond: Advances, challenges and impact of large–scale genomic comparisons in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Francisco Hita Garcia ANTSCAN and 3D ants: the connection of phenotypes with genotypes through next-generation phenomics
Mark Christian Harrisonn Identification of gene co-expression networks linked to differential ageing in insects
Laurent Keller Comparative genomics of 65 ant species, covering all subfamilies
Bastian Heimburger Speciation in the Australian Amitermes Group: First insights from molecular genomics
Judith Korb Termitomics: insights into termites’ social evolution
Evelien Jongepier Do slavemaker ants lose perception?: Convergent loss of olfactory receptors along independent origins of slavery
Sean K McKenzie Comparative genomics of ant chemosensation: insights into the genomic evolution of sociality
Bitao Qiu Comparative transcriptomics reveals the ancestral brain gene-network regulating caste differentiation in ants
Jack Oliver Beresford Patterns of speciation in the transcriptomes of hybridizing wood ants: searching for the perfect hybrid
Emeline Favreau Are supergenes required for intra-specific variation of social organisation?
Symposium 1.7 - Open Session - Genomics of social insects
Speakers Abstract
Mariana Velasque Doublesex regulates reproductive division of labour in honey bees
Gyan Harwood Vitellogenin’s gene regulatory role in honey bee division of labor.
Lauren Mee Investigating Patterns of Selection in Immune-Responsive Genes across Anthophila
David Henry Collins Gene expression and larval caste differentiation in social and socially parasitic bumble bees
Tobias Weichselgartner Vasa: A marker to study larval queen/worker differentiation in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior
Guy Bloch Social and molecular regulation of size-related division of labor in the bumblebee Bombus terrestirs
Joan Theresa King Differential expression analysis of Nylanderia fulva workers and queens under varying dietary treatments
Jens Van Eeckhoven What can a solitary bee tell us about the evolution of reproductive constraint in honeybees?
Priscila Karla Ferreira dos Santos The genome of the solitary bee Tetrapedia diversipes
Symposia Group 2 - Neurobiology, Communivation and Behavior
Symposium 2.1 - Information use in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Helen McCreery A comparative approach to cooperative transport: disregarding potentially distracting information can be good
Talia Borofsky Hive minded: like neurons, honeybees collectively integrate inhibitory stop signals to efficiently regulate forager recruitment
Kazuki Tsuji Decision making of ants in heterogeneous environments in relation to monodomy and polydomy
Asaf Gal The underlying dynamics of collective responses to external cues in clonal raider ant colonies
Marine Lehue How does the number of nest entrances influence recruitment and collective foraging in ants?
Daniel Charbonneau Adjusting the flow of information within colonies; how inactives affect interaction networks
Gabriele Valentini Information transfer during tandem-running behavior of the ant Temnothorax rugatulus: Time scales of leadership?
Christoph Grüter Dancing in the dark: honeybees forage more successfully without the “dance language” in a human-modified environment
Nobuaki Mizumoto Pair-forming termites alternate search modes adaptively depending on the informational contexts.
Tanya Latty Putting it all together: how ants colonies and slime mould amoebas solve multi-criteria decision problems
Takao Sasaki Social learning and cumulative cultural evolution in the house-hunting ant, Temnothorax albipennis
David Sillam-Dussès Termites forage along polarized trails
Flavio Roces Environmental and social cues: individual decisions during the construction of ventilation turrets in leaf-cutting ants
Ofer Feinerman Managing information over multiple organizational scales
Masayuki Hayashi Tetramorium tsushimae ants transfer information about a mutualistic aphid via trophallaxis
Hannah Marti Collective memory of learned foraging preferences persists across worker turnover in a tropical leafcutter ant
Mathieu Lihoreau Sight-reading the flight(s) of the bumblebee
Stephanie Wendt Relative Value Perception in ants
Symposium 2.2 - Social and complex forms of learning in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Theo Mota Bimodal patterning discrimination in harnessed honey bees
Morgane Nouvian Towards automated conditioning of honeybees in complex tasks
Fernando Locatelli Competing aversive and appetitive memories in the crab Neohelice and in honey bees
Volker Nehring Associative learning of recognition templates
Lisa Joanne Evans How intra-colony differences in bumble bee learning ability influences their foraging choices
Hiroyuki Ai How do the honeybees learn waggle dance?
Martin Giurfa Good at simple, good at complex: proficiency is maintained across elemental and higher-order visual learning tasks in an insect
Chelsea Cook Variation in learning shapes foraging behavior in Honey Bees
CHOLE Hanna Social contact acts as appetitive reinforcement and supports associative learning in honeybees (Apis mellifera)
Symposium 2.3 - Neuroethology of the hive mind: Ecological and evolutionary context of social insect brains
Speakers Abstract
Sandra Rehan Genes, Brain and Behavior of Ceratina Small Carpenter Bees and the Evolution of Early Insect Societies
Marc Seid Brain allometry and the evolution and behavioral ecology of Myrmecia
Jean-Christophe SANDOZ Marked inter-specific differences in the male olfactory system of honey bees (genus Apis)
Dustin R. Rubenstein The evolution and structure of complex societies: lessons from snapping shrimp
Rebekah Keating Godfrey Rethinking brain evolution in social insects: harnessing perspectives into a new predictive framework
Natacha Rossi Formic acid improves nestmate recognition in carpenter ants
Michael Sheehan Recent evolution of increased social intelligence via strong selection
J. Frances Kamhi Knowing where you’re going: the role of the mushroom body in ant visual navigation
Tyler Quigley Bringing the honeybee blood-brain barrier into focus
Christopher M. Jernigan Why bees may stop to smell the flowers: How olfactory restriction affects odor signaling in the honey bee, Apis mellifera
Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy Plasticity and differential brain investment between a social parasite wasp and its host
Fabio Manfredini The molecular basis for waggle dance communication in the honey bee Apis mellifera
Ajay Narendra Action in dim light: sensory and neural adaptations in nocturnal ants
Daniel Kronauer Chemosensory processing in the ant brain
Martin Giurfa Learning modifies reinforcement sensitivity in honeybees via long-term changes in a dopaminergic receptor gene
Ken Tan Honey bee queens have exceptional learning and long-term memory abilities
PIQUERET Baptiste Individual appetitive associative memory in Formica fusca ants is extraordinarily persistent and resistant to extinction
Yuri Ogawa The function of ocelli in Hymenopterans: Spectral and Polarization sensitivity
Symposium 2.4 - Chemical mechanisms underlying inter–caste communication
Speakers Abstract
Christoph Johannes Kleineidam Adaptive resource defense and experience-dependent nestmate recognition in ants
Margarita Orlova Effect of immune challenge on production of queen pheromones in the honeybee
Edward Lind Vargo Identification of a queen and king recognition pheromone in the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes
Callum Kingwell Chemical fertility signaling in a flexibly eusocial insect
Fabio Nascimento Queen pheromones did not inhibit reproduction but maintain social cohesion in an Orchid bee
Alison Mcafee Death pheromones triggering hygienic behaviour in honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Cintia Akemi Oi The royal pheromones of wasp colonies
Yuki Mitaka Multifunctionality of soldier pheromone in a termite
Robert Kenneth Vander Meer Chemicals passed from fire ant males to females during mating have multiple functions that enhance colony foundation success
Symposium 2.5 - Adaptation and plasticity of behaviour in social insects
Speakers Abstract
Ken-ichi Harano Nectar carried from the hive: adaptive significance of using concentrated nectar in honeybee pollen collection
Fiona Nelima Mumoki Reproductive plasticity in workers of the African honey bee Apis mellifera capensis
Christian Pirk Plasticity in the mandibular gland signals of honey bees
James Martin Withrow Sharing the Throne: Induced polygyny in honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Abdullahi Ahmed Yusuf Pheromonal plasticity of minor and major workers in the African termite raiding ant Megaponera analis (Latr.)
Stefanie Neupert Megalomyrmex social parasite ants manage peace with their host through weaponry
Eleanor Drinkwater How does individual personality modulate group level behaviour?
Matina Donaldson-Matasci What honey bees love about large plants: individual and colony perspectives
Daniel Elsner Genes underlying division of labour in workers in a termite
Sofia Bouchebti Protein to carbohydrate ratio in the diet affects cognitive abilities in honey bees
Nicolas Châline Individual learning and colony interactions shape the foraging ecology of a solitarily foraging ponerine ant
Markus Thamm Genes underlying social organisation in honeybees
Ebi Antony George Regulation of individual differences in the waggle dance activity of honey bee foragers
Simon Klein Lifetime variation in the foraging performance of individual honey bees
Samuel Vieira Boff Behavioral change induced by pesticide may prevent workers from intoxication
Daniela Römer Plasticity in the construction of nest turrets in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex fracticornis
Olabimpe Okosun Use of diverse glandular sources for pheromonal control by reproductively dominant honeybee workers
James C Makinson Lost in translation: interspecies waggle dance communication in Asian honeybees
Nicole Leitner Plasticity and constraint in task allocation: How and why do workers take on new tasks?
Symposia Group 3 - Social Evolution and Sociobiology
Symposium 3.1 - Causes and consequences of division of labour in insect societies
Speakers Abstract
Anna Dornhaus The ecology of task allocation: costs and benefits of different algorithms
Raghavendra Gadagkar Reproductive and non-reproductive division of labour in laboratory colonies of a primitively eusocial wasp
Bertrand Collignon Divison of labor applied to cooperative foraging by ants and robots
Susanne Foitzik The role of gene expression and regulation in altering social cue responsiveness and division of labor in Temnothorax ants
Yuko Ulrich Group composition, division of labor and fitness in the clonal raider ant
Noa Pinter-Wollman Nest architecture, communication networks, and the organization of work in ant colonies
Martin Quque Division of labour in the black garden ant (Lasius niger) leads to three distinct proteomes
Daniel Kronauer Division of labor in the clonal raider ant: from molecules to behavior
Lior Baltiansky Flexibility without plasticity: individual crop loads locally govern collective food intake regulation in Camponotus sanctus colonies
Symposium 3.2 - Evolution of social organization
Speakers Abstract
Eckart Stolle Early evolution and structure of a young supergene governing social behavior
Anindita Brahma Current indirect fitness and future direct fitness are not incompatible
Miriam Richards Social trait correlations and phylogenetic patterns in sweat bees
Madison Sankovitz Reproductive partitioning in polygynous, perennial Vespula pensylvanica colonies
Jacobus Boomsma Monogamous sperm storage and permanent worker sterility in a long-lived ambrosia beetle
Mackenzie R Lovegrove Evolving Eusociality: Using Drosophila to understand how queen pheromone inhibits reproduction in Apis mellifera workers
Sanja Maria Hakala Selfish Progeny of Great Societies - dispersal and supercoloniality in Formica ants
Timothy Linksvayer Prospects for using comparative genomics to elucidate the evolution of eusociality
Etya Amsalem The origin of castes in social insects: examining the diapause ground plan hypothesis in bumblebees
Symposium 3.3 - Does social insect biology need superorganisms?
Speakers Abstract
Luis Alberto Martínez Vaquero Value-sensitive collective decision making under an evolutionary game theory perspective
Dominic Burns Why are some ant colonies polydomous?
Ulrich G. Mueller Social insects and their diverse colony organizations elucidate principles of microbiome-inheritance, differential microbiome-cycling, and microbiome-engineering
Sabrina Amador-Vargas Democracy dilemma: (dis)advantages of having several individuals deciding about a solitary task.
Boris H. Kramer Long live the queen: eusociality and the evolutionary theory of ageing
Helder Hugo dos Santos From random to coordinated collective motion in termites​
Paul John Eggleton Drawing the line: the problems of termites and superorganismality
Jacobus J. Boomsma Superorganismality as defined by Wheeler is crucial for understanding major evolutionary transitions to caste-differentiated colonies
Symposium 3.4 - Social evolution and life history consequences
Speakers Abstract
Jenny Louise Donelan Determinants of the fecundity-longevity association in social and non-social insects
Yves Roisin Why does asexual queen succession accommodate balanced alate sex ratio in neotropical soil-feeding termites?
Anna Friedel Extended maternal care enhances brood survival and may be a precursor to sociality in the orchid bee Euglossa viridissima
Vikram Chandra Insulin signalling regulates clonal raider ant reproductive cycles
José Manuel Monroy Kuhn Gene expression differences underlying aging in the termite Cryptotermes secundus: a long-run time series study
Matteo, Antoine Negroni Queen longevity involves changes in expression of genes of multiple pathways in Temnothorax rugatulus
Natalie J. Lemanski The strength of selection on worker mortality predicts seasonal differences in honeybee worker senescence rate
Violette Chiara What triggers the decline of social tolerance in solitary spiders?
Julia Giehr Direct fitness of workers in a Temnothorax ant
Patrick Kennedy Altruism in fluctuating environments
Symposium 3.5 - Causes and consequences of morphological variation in social insect workers
Speakers Abstract
Michael Rivera Body size evolution and diversification in ants (Formicidae)
Francisca Segers Colony demography adapts to parasite pressure in a polymorphic bee
Jean-Philippe Lessard The geography of ant morphology: within colony and across populations
Romain Honorio Role of social environment in the control of larval development
Sara Arganda Carreras Division of labor in darkness and in light: adaptive visual system evolution in Atta cephalotes
Mari West What’s size got to do with it? Investigating associations between size and worker task
Evan Patrick Kelemen The comparative advantage of worse workers in bumble bee colonies
Christian PEETERS Convergent evolution of a stronger but leaner flightless thorax in workers across ant subfamilies
Christina L. Kwapich The non-additive effects of body size on nest architecture in a polymorphic ant, Veromessor pergandei
Jake Robert Tully The effect of environment complexity on colony level flower constancy in a semi-natural environment
Symposium 3.6 - Open Session - Social evolution and sociobiology
Speakers Abstract
Sruthi Unnikrishnan Age polyethism in the tropical primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidia cyathiformis
Mathilde Vidal Royal matchmaking: ant workers promote outbreeding by their sexual sisters by transporting them to alien nests
Robin J. Southon Male paper wasps are not just flying sperm
Thomas Owen Richardson Social insects modulate their behaviour according to caste and spatial context
Sheina Koffler Selection of male traits in a monogamous social bee: evidences from behavior and quantitative genetics
Pierre Blacher Alternative colony-founding strategies in the Alpine silver ant
Naoto Idogawa Social and genetic structure of Monomorium triviale, a clonal ant with queen-worker dimorphism
Tomonari Nozaki Queen-destined parthenogenetic daughters as a preadaptation for asexual queen succession in termites
Karen Meusemann Why do social insect queens live so long? Workers take on the queen’s burdens