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Evolution of cooperation based on relatedness, negotiation and trading

English title Evolution of cooperation based on relatedness, negotiation and trading
Applicant Taborsky Barbara
Number 176174
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Ethologische Station Hasli Institut für Ökologie und Evolution Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Ecology
Start/End 01.12.2017 - 31.07.2021
Approved amount 787'667.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Ecology
Zoology

Keywords (6)

relatedness; evolution; negotiation; cichlid fish; reciprocal cooperation; Norway rats

Lay Summary (German)

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Die Evolution kooperativen Verhaltens hängt in erster Linie vom Verwandtschaftsgrad der Interaktionspartner ab, sowie von ihren vorangegangenen Sozialerfahrungen. Dieses Projekt soll die relative Bedeutung alternativer Evolutionsmechanismen von Kooperation und Altruismus aufklären.
Lay summary

Evolutive Mechanismen der Kooperation: Die Bedeutung von Verwandtschaft und Gegenseitigkeit

 

Eine Besonderheit des Menschen, die ihn aus dem Tierreich gewissermassen hervorzuheben scheint, ist seine enorme Fähigkeit zur Zusammenarbeit. Die meisten Errungenschaften unserer Zivilisation basieren auf Artbeitsteilung und Kooperation. Dies wirft die Frage auf, welche Mechanismen die Evolution dieser menschlichen Besonderheit ermöglichten. Generell gelten Verwandtschaft und Gegenseitigkeit als diejenigen evolutiven Mechanismen, die Kooperation zwischen Sozialpartnern hervorrufen und stabilisieren können. Welche Entscheidungsregeln benutzen Individuen um anderen zu helfen, in Abhängigkeit ihres Verwandtschaftsgrades und ihrer vorangegangenen Sozialerfahrung? Um diese Fragen in einem evolutiven Zusammenhang beantworten zu können, bedarf es geeigneter Modellsysteme, mit deren Hilfe experimentelle Manipulation die relative Bedeutung der genannten Mechanismen aufklären kann. In diesem Projekt untersuchen wir an hochsozialen Buntbarschen und Wanderratten, wie sich Verwandtschaft und soziale Erfahrung auf die Kooperationsbereitschaft zwischen Artgenossen auswirken. Vorangegangene Studie haben belegt, dass diese Arten besonders gut geeignet sind, um diese Frage zu untersuchen: Sie sind hochsozial, kooperativ und experimentell sehr gut zugänglich. Diese Studie hat damit ein hohes Potenzial, die relative Bedeutung alternativer Evolutionsmechanismen der Kooperation aufzuklären.

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Rats show direct reciprocity when interacting with multiple partners
Kettler Nina, Schweinfurth Manon K., Taborsky Michael (2021), Rats show direct reciprocity when interacting with multiple partners, in Scientific Reports, 11(1), 3228-3228.
Predator-induced maternal effects determine adaptive antipredator behaviors via egg composition
Sharda Sakshi, Zuest Tobias, Erb Matthias, Taborsky Barbara (2021), Predator-induced maternal effects determine adaptive antipredator behaviors via egg composition, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(37), e201706311-e201706311.
Ecological variation drives morphological differentiation in a highly social vertebrate
Freudiger Annika, Josi Dario, Thünken Timo, Herder Fabian, Flury Jana M., Marques David A., Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G. (2021), Ecological variation drives morphological differentiation in a highly social vertebrate, in Functional Ecology, 1365-2435.-1365-2435..
Habitat Quality Determines Dispersal Decisions and Fitness in a Beetle – Fungus Mutualism
Nuotclà Jon Andreja, Diehl Janina Marie Christin, Taborsky Michael (2021), Habitat Quality Determines Dispersal Decisions and Fitness in a Beetle – Fungus Mutualism, in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 1.
Cichlids as a Model System for Studying Social Behaviour and Evolution
TaborskyMichael, TaborskyBarbara, JordanAlex (2021), Cichlids as a Model System for Studying Social Behaviour and Evolution, in Noakes David L.G., Abate Maria E. (ed.), SpringerLink, UK, 587-635.
Experimental predator intrusions in a cooperative breeder reveal threat-dependent task partitioning
Josi Dario, Freudiger Annika, Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G (2020), Experimental predator intrusions in a cooperative breeder reveal threat-dependent task partitioning, in Behavioral Ecology, 31(6), 1369-1378.
Punishment controls helper defence against egg predators but not fish predators in cooperatively breeding cichlids
Naef Jan, Taborsky Michael (2020), Punishment controls helper defence against egg predators but not fish predators in cooperatively breeding cichlids, in Animal Behaviour, 168, 137-147.
Group-size preferences in a shoaling cichlid
Durrer Loris, Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G. (2020), Group-size preferences in a shoaling cichlid, in Behaviour, 157(5), 415-431.
The smell of hunger: Norway rats provision social partners based on odour cues of need
Schneeberger Karin, Röder Gregory, Taborsky Michael (2020), The smell of hunger: Norway rats provision social partners based on odour cues of need, in PLOS Biology, 18(3), e3000628-e3000628.
Commodity-specific punishment for experimentally induced defection in cooperatively breeding fish
Naef Jan, Taborsky Michael (2020), Commodity-specific punishment for experimentally induced defection in cooperatively breeding fish, in Royal Society Open Science, 7(2), 191808-191808.
Investment of group members is contingent on helper number and the presence of young in a cooperative breeder
Josi Dario, Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G. (2020), Investment of group members is contingent on helper number and the presence of young in a cooperative breeder, in Animal Behaviour, 160, 35-42.
Coaction vs. Reciprocal Cooperation Among Unrelated Individuals in Social Cichlids
Taborsky Michael, Riebli Thomas (2020), Coaction vs. Reciprocal Cooperation Among Unrelated Individuals in Social Cichlids, in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 1-12.
Rats play tit-for-tat instead of integrating social experience over multiple interactions
Schweinfurth Manon K., Taborsky Michael (2020), Rats play tit-for-tat instead of integrating social experience over multiple interactions, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1918), 20192423-20192423.
Wolves and dogs recruit human partners in the cooperative string-pulling task
Range Friederike, Kassis Alexandra, Taborsky Michael, Boada Mónica, Marshall-Pescini Sarah (2019), Wolves and dogs recruit human partners in the cooperative string-pulling task, in Scientific Reports, 9(1), 17591-17591.
Pathogen defence is a potential driver of social evolution in ambrosia beetles
Nuotclà Jon A., Biedermann Peter H. W., Taborsky Michael (2019), Pathogen defence is a potential driver of social evolution in ambrosia beetles, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1917), 20192332-20192332.
The role of sensory ecology and cognition in social decisions: Costs of acquiring information matter
Schneeberger Karin, Taborsky Michael (2019), The role of sensory ecology and cognition in social decisions: Costs of acquiring information matter, in Functional Ecology, 34(2), 302-309.
Insufficient data render comparative analyses of the evolution of cooperative breeding mere speculation: A reply to Dey et al.
Taborsky Michael, Koblmüller Stephan, Sefc Kristina M., McGee Matthew, Kohda Masanori, Awata Satoshi, Hori Michio, Frommen Joachim G. (2019), Insufficient data render comparative analyses of the evolution of cooperative breeding mere speculation: A reply to Dey et al., in Ethology, 125(11), 851-854.
Enforcement is central to the evolution of cooperation
Ågren J. Arvid, Davies Nicholas G., Foster Kevin R. (2019), Enforcement is central to the evolution of cooperation, in Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(7), 1018-1029.
Male Norway rats cooperate according to direct but not generalized reciprocity rules
Schweinfurth Manon K., Aeschbacher Jonathan, Santi Massimiliano, Taborsky Michael (2019), Male Norway rats cooperate according to direct but not generalized reciprocity rules, in Animal Behaviour, 152, 93-101.
Long-term individual marking of small freshwater fish: the utility of Visual Implant Elastomer tags
Jungwirth Arne, Balzarini Valentina, Zöttl Markus, Salzmann Andrea, Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G. (2019), Long-term individual marking of small freshwater fish: the utility of Visual Implant Elastomer tags, in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 73(4), 49-49.
First field evidence for alloparental egg care in cooperatively breeding fish
Josi Dario, Taborsky Michael, Frommen Joachim G. (2019), First field evidence for alloparental egg care in cooperatively breeding fish, in Ethology, 125(3), 164-169.
No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs
Gfrerer Nastassja, Taborsky Michael, Würbel Hanno (2019), No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs, in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 211, 84-87.
Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior
TaborskyMichael (2019), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, in From Ethology to Behavioral Biology, 99-102.
Evolutionary transitions to cooperative societies in fishes revisited
Tanaka Hirokazu, Frommen Joachim G., Koblmüller Stephan, Sefc Kristina M., McGee Matthew, Kohda Masanori, Awata Satoshi, Hori Michio, Taborsky Michael (2018), Evolutionary transitions to cooperative societies in fishes revisited, in Ethology, 124(11), 777-789.
No evidence for a heritable altruism polymorphism in Tibetan ground tits
Engelhardt Sacha C., Kingma Sjouke A., Taborsky Michael (2018), No evidence for a heritable altruism polymorphism in Tibetan ground tits, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201811101-201811101.
No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs
Gfrerer Nastassja, Taborsky Michael, Würbel Hanno (2018), No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs, in Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1-4.
Alternative male morphs solve sperm performance/longevity trade-off in opposite directions
TaborskyMichael, SchützDolores, GoffinetOlivier, von DoornSander G. (2018), Alternative male morphs solve sperm performance/longevity trade-off in opposite directions, in Sciences Advances, 4, 1-9.
Norway Rats ( Rattus norvegicus ) Communicate Need, Which Elicits Donation of Food
SchweinfurthManon K., TaborskyMichael (2018), Norway Rats ( Rattus norvegicus ) Communicate Need, Which Elicits Donation of Food, in Journal of Comparative Psychology, 132(2), 119-129.
Relatedness decreases and reciprocity increases cooperation in Norway rats
SchweinfurthManon K., TaborskyMichael (2018), Relatedness decreases and reciprocity increases cooperation in Norway rats, in Royal Society Publishing, 285, 1-7.
Reciprocal trading of different commodities in Norway
SchweinfurthManon K., TaborskyMichael (2018), Reciprocal trading of different commodities in Norway, in Current Biology, 28(4), 594-599.
Working dogs transfer different tasks in reciprocal cooperation
GfrererNastassja, TaborskyMichael (2018), Working dogs transfer different tasks in reciprocal cooperation, in Biology Letters Royal Society Publishing, 14, 1-5.
Habitat preferences depend on substrate qualityin a cooperative breeder
JosiDario, TaborskyMichael, FrommenJoachim G. (2018), Habitat preferences depend on substrate qualityin a cooperative breeder, in Evolutionary Ecology Research, (19), 517-527.

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
138660 Evolutionary mechanisms of cooperation and competition: an integrative approach 01.01.2012 Project funding

Abstract

The evolution of cooperation ranks among the most fundamental questions of biology. The reason why our understanding of the evolution of cooperation is still unsatisfactory is the superficial appreciation of involved mechanisms. The continuing controversy over the utility of simplistic kin selection arguments and unsatisfactory alternative concepts reveals the urgent need for an approach testing alternative explanations in combined fashion. Cooperation, like other functional categories of behaviour, is an emergent property of evolved decision rules; only clarification of processes underlying these rules will advance our understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for cooperative behaviour in the real world. Typically, cooperation originates by an interaction of several evolutionary mechanisms, especially involving kin selection, negotiation and trading. Hence, the relative importance of these mechanisms and their potential interaction are of paramount significance. Here I address these alternative evolutionary mechanisms of cooperation with an experimental study on two specially suited model systems exhibiting high levels of sociality and cooperation: wild-type Norway rats and cooperative cichlids. The significance of relatedness will be scrutinized for the rules of negotiation and trading applied by social partners. We shall focus on the crucial components of Hamilton’s rule of cooperation when asking for the importance of (i) asymmetries for the negotiation process; (ii) behavioural specialization between group members when trading different commodities and service against each other; (iii) the identity and familiarity of social partners for social decisions; and (iv) time delays between subsequent interactions. Further, we aim to reveal underlying causal mechanisms and potential fitness effects of decisions of cooperation made in the experimental context. The simultaneous experimental manipulation in this project of two fundamental sources of fitness, relatedness and reciprocity, aims at improving our general understanding of the relative importance of direct and indirect fitness to the evolution of cooperation.
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