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(Kyoto University Newsletter
"Raku-Yu" 2015 Autumn)

©Yoh Izumori

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Genome database of termite egg-mimicking fungus
"Termite ball"

Recent activities


March 7 A new paper was published.
Yanagihara S, Suehiro W, Mitaka Y, Matsuura K: Age-based soldier polyethism: old termite soldiers take more risks than young soldiers. Biology Letters 14: 20180025 DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2018.0025 .

February 20 A new paper was published.
Mizumoto N, Dobata S (2018) The optimal movement patterns for mating encounters with sexually asymmetric detection ranges. Scientific Reports 8: 3356 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21437-3

January 25 A new article was published!
Nozaki T, Yashiro T, Matsuura K: Preadaptation for asexual queen succession: queen tychoparthenogenesis produces neotenic queens in the termite Reticulitermes okinawanus. Insectes Sociaux (First Online) DOI: 10.1007/s00040-018-0603-110.1007/s00040-018-0603-1

January 22 A new article was published!
Yashiro T, Mitaka Y, Nozaki T, Matsuura K: Chemical and molecular identiication of the invasive termite Zootermopsis nevadensis (Isoptera: Archotermopsidae) in Japan. Applied Entomology and Zoology (in press)

January 9 A new article was accepted!
Tasaki E, Kobayashi K, Matsuura K, Iuchi Y: Long-lived termite queens exhibit high Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase activity. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity (in press).


December 29@A new article was published!

Matsuura K, Mizumoto N, Kobayashi K, Nozaki T, Fujita T, Yashiro T, Fuchikawa T, Mitaka Y, Vargo EL: A genomic imprinting model of termite caste determination: Not genetic but epigenetic inheritance influences offspring caste fate. American Naturalist (in press).

November 3@A new article was published!

Suehiro W, Hyodo F, Tanaka HO, Himuro C, Yokoi T, Dobata S, Guenard B, Dunn RR, Vargo EL, Tsuji K, Matsuura K: Radiocarbon analysis reveals expanded diet breadth associates with the invasion of a predatory ant.Scientific Reports 7, 15016. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15105-1).

October 31@A new article was published!

Hasegawa E, Mizumoto N, Kobayashi K, Dobata S, Yoshimura J, Watanabe S, Murakami Y, Matsuura K: Nature of collective decision-making by simple yes/no decision units. Scientific Reports 7, 14436. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14626-z)

October 13|15@We participated in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Population Ecology (@Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka, Japan).

The era of genome imprinting: epigenetic inheritance and a paradigm shift in evolutionary ecology
Organizer: Kenji Matsuura

Yoh Iwasa (Kyushu Univ.) Genomic imprinting in mammals: success and failure of conflict theory

Sergey Gavrilets (Univ. Tennessee) Sexually antagonistic epigenetic marks and canalization of sexual development

Hidetoshi Saze (OIST) Epigenetic regulation of genes and transposable elements in plants

Kenji Matsuura (Kyoto Univ.) Genomic imprinting and the evolution of caste determination system in termites

Nobuaki Mizumoto, Shigeto Dobata: Searching strategy when a mating pair gets separated in termites

Masato S. Abe, Shigeto Dobata: Relaxed selection against mutational load in social insect workers facilitates the evolution of their sterility

Naoto Idogawa, Shigeto Dobata: Superorganismal adaptation explored in the nest size of clonal ants

October 1@English top page was open.

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