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Sociobiology of Communication: an interdisciplinary perspective

Patrizia d'Ettorre and David P. Hughes


Communication is the cornerstone of socially interacting groups. This is self-evident for human societies but not for bacterial biofilms, and super-colonies that span whole continents and transoceanic communication among whales. Since the early beginnings of communication studies, it has always been a stated goal to identify common features of diverse forms of communication (recently also including the internet), but syntheses have been few and historical barriers between sub-disciplines of molecular, evolutionary, chemical, and behavioural biology have been prohibitive stumbling blocks. This ... More

Keywords: interdisciplinary approach, evolutionary biology, signals, self organization, evolution of societies, bacterial biofilms, super-colonies, whales

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrizia d'Ettorre, editor
Centre for Social Evolution, University of Copenhagen

David P. Hughes, editor
Centre for Social Evolution, Universtiy of Copenhagen

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CHAPTER 2 Communication in bacteria

Stephen P. Diggle, Stuart A. West, Andy Gardner, and Ashleigh S. Griffin

CHAPTER 4 Communication between hosts and social parasites

Davod R. Nash, and Jacobus J. Boomsma

CHAPTER 6 Chemical communication in societies of rodents

Jane L. Hurst, and Robert J. Beynon

CHAPTER 7 Neurobiology of olfactory communication in the honeybee

Maria Gabriela de Brito-Sanchez, Nina Deisig, Jean-Christophe Sandoz, and Martin Giurfa

CHAPTER 8 Rapid evolution and sexual signals

Marlene Zuk, and Robin M. Tinghitella

CHAPTER 11 Synergy in social communication

David J. T. Sumpter, and Åke Brännström

Concluding remarks

David P. Hughes, and Patrizia d'Ettorre