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The organization of work in social insect colonies

In social insect colonies, workers perform a variety of tasks, such as foraging, brood care and nest construction. As the needs of the colony change, and as resources become available, colonies adjust the numbers of workers engaged in each task. Task allocation is the process that results in specific workers being engaged in specific tasks, in numbers appropriate to the current situation.

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Gordon, D. The organization of work in social insect colonies. Nature 380, 121–124 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1038/380121a0

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