Meeting Abstract

S7.3-1  Monday, Jan. 6 13:30  Reconstructing the evolutionary history of behavioral manipulation HUGHES, DP; Penn State dhughes@psu.edu

In this talk I will consider when parasites evolved the ability to manipulate behavior. It is a rare phenomenon when we recall that half of all life is parasitic and that only a few of them manipulate behavior. So, why did some evolve to do it? And do we have any hope reconstructing the evolutionary pathways? In this talk I suggest we can and detail our own work in fungi that control ant behavior