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Tragedy of the commons in Melipona bees\ud

By T. Wenseleers and F.L.W. Ratnieks


In human society selfish use of common resources\ud can lead to disaster, a situation known as the ‘tragedy\ud of the commons’ (TOC). Although a TOC is\ud usually prevented by coercion, theory predicts that\ud close kinship ties can also favour reduced exploitation.\ud We test this prediction using data on a TOC\ud occurring in Melipona bee societies

Year: 2004
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