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Collective decision-making and behavioral polymorphism in group living organisms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Mathematics.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, ISSN 0022-5193, Vol. 254, no 3, 580-586 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collective foraging in group living animal populations displaying behavioral polymorphism is considered. Using mathematical modeling it is shown that symmetric, spatially homogeneous (food sources are used equally) and asymmetric, spatially inhomogeneous (only one food source is used) regimes can coexist, as a result of differential amplification of choice depending on behavioral type. The model accounts for recent experimental results on social caterpillars not only confirming this coexistence, but also showing the relationship between the two types of regime and the ratio of active to inactive individuals. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2008. Vol. 254, no 3, 580-586 p.
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collective decision-making, behavioral polymorphism, synchronization, kinetic modeling, social caterpillars
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-107851DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.06.028ISI: 000259758700010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-107851DiVA: diva2:233323
Available from: 2009-08-31 Created: 2009-08-31 Last updated: 2009-08-31Bibliographically approved

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