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Featured blog: Swim fast, die young: seminal fluid from competing males prompts sperm to swim faster despite possible costs

Leaf-cutting ant queens have one only mating event in their lives, when they will mate with a number of male partners and then store the sperm which they will use to fertilize millions of eggs throughout their lives.  Here, Liberti and colleagues explain more about this ants unique mating biology and how the sperm has evolved to survive being stored for many years.


Featured article: Can a simple infection affect the evolution of a host species?

Wolbachia are endosymbiont bacteria commonly found in insects. They can play an important role in both the ecology and evolution of their host though reproductive manipulation. Here, Schuler and colleagues investigated whether patterns of Wolbachia infection in Belonocnema treatae gall wasps is associated with the insects geographical distribution, plant affiliation, life cycle and evolutionary history. 


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BMC Evolutionary Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of molecular and non-molecular evolution of all organisms, as well as phylogenetics and palaeontology.


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Maria Anisimova, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Michael Brockhurst, University of Sheffield

David Ferrier, University of St Andrews

Laura Kubatko, Ohio State University

David Liberles, Temple University

Craig Moritz, Australian National University

Herve Philippe, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling

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Arndt von Haeseler is a full Professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Vienna and at the Medical University of Vienna. His work focuses on methods to understand and model evolutionary processes and to infer evolutionary relationships. He became a Section Editor in 2010.

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