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  • The presentation language is English.
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Event Details

Sylvia Cremer
KLI Colloquia
Social immunity in ants: collective disease defence and its epidemiological effects in social insect colonies
Sylvia CREMER (IST Austria)
2020-04-21 17:00 - 2020-04-21 18:30
Organized by KLI

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Topic description / abstract:

Social insects fight disease as a collective. Their colonies are protected against disease by a combination of the individual defences of all colony members (their individual hygiene and immune systems) and their collective actions performed jointly or towards one another, leading to a protection of the colony. This social immunity comprises actions to reduce pathogen load of the colony and to prevent transmission along the social interaction networks of colony members.  

Biographical note:

Sylvia Cremer works at the interface of behavioural ecology and evolutionary immunology and uses ants as a model system to understand collective disease defences. After her PhD at the University of Regensburg and a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen she was Junior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin. After her Habilitation at the University of Regensburg she moved to the IST Austria, where she is full Professor since 2015.