The disposable male- the ultimate emancipation of females?

Duur K. Aanen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sexual reproduction is costly compared to asexual reproduction, in particular because males generally contribute little to offspring. Research published today in BMC Biology shows that some populations of a termite species have disposed of males altogether. However, this need not necessarily be seen as a victory for the females, since males in most termite societies are active colony members that contribute their fair share to colony tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106
Number of pages4
JournalBMC Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018


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