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Why be social? The costs and benefits of sociality in spiders

Raised of $2,700 Goal
Funded on 11/04/16
Successfully Funded
  • $2,835
  • 105%
  • Funded
    on 11/04/16

Modelling transmission of parasites

  • Locate up to 45 social spider nests scattered through the landscape and GPS mark every nest
  • Collect sample of social spiders from each nest
  • Collect sample of each of the three types of parasites from each nest
  • Use RAD sequencing techniques to find levels of relatedness between colonies and their respective parasites
  • If patterns of relatedness of parasites between "habitat patches" (social spider nests) resembles that of the social spiders themselves, we have evidence for vertical transmission (from parent to daughter colony).
  • If patterns of relatedness differ, we have evidence for horizontal transmission of parasites (transmission between neighboring colonies).

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