Katharina von Wyschetzki

Biologie I

Evolution, Behaviour and Genetics

Universitätsstraße 31

D-93053 Regensburg

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2005 – 2011 

Biology @ University of Regensburg

Semester abroad @ Universidad de Granada (Spain)

May 2012  

Begin of PhD:

Genomic studies of aging in Cardiocondyla obscurior

Mating seems to prolong the life of Cardiocondyla obcurior queens (Schrempf et al. 2005). Similar to mated queens, sham-mated queens  which are mated with a sterilized male, live considerably longer than virgins.

What is the secret behind this beneficial effect, how is queen longevity regulated?