On 22 October 2018, the Dark Side of the Hive: The Evolution of the Imperfect Honey Bee co-authored by Professor Robin Crewe and Professor Robin Moritz (Martin Luther Univeristy Halle-Wittneberg) was launched at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship.
The book dissects the various careers that individual male and female honey bees can take and their role in colony organization. Competition between individuals using both physical and chemical force drives colonial organization. This book deals with individual mistakes, maladaptations and evolutionary dead-ends that are also part of the bees’ life. The story told about these dark sides of the colony spans the full range of biological disciplines ranging from genomics to systems biology.
The launch was opened by the Centre's Director, Professor James Ogude, and he welcomed some comments on the publication by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey. Both authors reflected on their reserach at the launch, with Professor Christian Pirk (Department of Zoology and Entomology, UP) providing commentary on publication.
Picture from the event can be found here.