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Tragedy of the commons in Melipona bees

Wenseleers, T. and Ratnieks, F.L.W. (2004) Tragedy of the commons in Melipona bees. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B: Biological Sciences, 271 (1 (Sup). S310-S312. ISSN 0962-8452


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In human society selfish use of common resources can lead to disaster, a situation known as the ‘tragedy of the commons’ (TOC). Although a TOC is usually prevented by coercion, theory predicts that close kinship ties can also favour reduced exploitation. We test this prediction using data on a TOC occurring in Melipona bee societies.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 The Royal Society
Keywords: caste conflict, tragedy of the commons, stingless bees, Melipona
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > School of Biological Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Animal and Plant Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2005
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 00:32
Published Version: http://www.journals.royalsoc.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0159
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/301

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