Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses

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Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses. / Hughes, David P; Pierce, Naomi E; Boomsma, Jacobus J.

In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 23, No. 12, 2008, p. 672-677.

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Hughes, DP, Pierce, NE & Boomsma, JJ 2008, 'Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses', Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 672-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.011

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Hughes, D. P., Pierce, N. E., & Boomsma, J. J. (2008). Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23(12), 672-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.011

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Hughes DP, Pierce NE, Boomsma JJ. Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 2008;23(12):672-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.011

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Hughes, David P ; Pierce, Naomi E ; Boomsma, Jacobus J. / Social insect symbionts: evolution in homeostatic fortresses. In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 2008 ; Vol. 23, No. 12. pp. 672-677.

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