Ant queens' egg laying rate increases with age

   Apr 12, 4:55 pm

Washington, April 12 (ANI): Ant queens lay more eggs as they get older, researchers have found.

Furthermore, this high egg-laying rate did not shorten the queens' life spans, as would have been expected based on many other organisms.

The researchers, led by Juergen Heinze at the University of Regensburg in Germany, found that the egg laying rates of ant queens from the species Cardiocondyla obscurior steadily increased as the queens aged, unlike the many organisms (including humans) for which reproductive performance decreases with age.

Other animals that show increased reproduction with age include corals, sturgeons, and box turtles.

The finding was reported in the the open access journal PLoS ONE. (ANI)

Here`s how obesity aids pancreatic, breast cancer Feb 13, 1:24 pm
Washington D.C, Feb 13 (ANI): A new study has found the mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression.
Full Story
Neanderthal genes may still affect our health, habits Feb 12, 2:25 pm
Washington D.C, Feb 12 (ANI): Neanderthal DNA makes up 1 percent to 4 percent of modern Eurasian genomes and as per new research, it could have a subtle but significant impact on human traits.
Full Story
Here`s why people `catch` smiles, frowns like flu Feb 12, 7:46 am
Washington D.C, Feb 12 (ANI): Smiles and frowns are usually contagious - they tend to wind up on everyone's face and now, a new research has revealed why.
Full Story
Now, a urine test that 'sniffs' out prostate cancer Feb 12, 7:46 am
Washington D.C, Feb 12 (ANI): With a team of scientists creating a urine diagnostic test that can smell out prostate cancer, current invasive investigations that men undergo may soon become a history.
Full Story
Comments