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(Kyoto University Newsletter
"Raku-Yu" 2015 Autumn)


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termite ball genome
Genome database of termite egg-mimicking fungus
"Termite ball"




Recent activities

2021

August 31 A new paper has been published!
Idogawa, N., Lee, CC., Yang, CCS., & Dobata, S. (2021).The complete mitochondrial genome of a parthenogenetic ant, Monomorium triviale (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B : Resources. 6 (10): 2793-2795.
DOI:10.1080/23802359.2021.1970632

April 29 A new paper was published!
Idogawa, N., Sasaki, T., Tsuji, K., & Dobata, S. (2021). Comprehensive analysis of male-free reproduction in Monomorium triviale (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). PloS one 16(4), e0246710.
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0246710


April 20 A new paper was published!
Nozaki, T., & Matsuura, K. (2021). Oocyte resorption in Termite queens: Seasonal dynamics and controlling factors. Journal of Insect Physiology 131:104242.
DOI:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2021.104242


March 8 A new paper was published!
Tasaki E., Takata M., Matsuura K. (2021) Why and how do termite kings and queens live so long? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376: 20190740.
DOI:10.1098/rstb.2019.0740


February 9 A new paper was published and highlighted in editorial article!
Konishi T., Matsuura K. (2021) Royal presence promotes worker and soldier aggression against non-nestmates in termites. Insectes Sociaux 68: 15-21. DOI:10.1007/s00040-020-00799-w

2020

November 25@A new paper was accepted!
Tasaki E., Takata M., Matsuura K. (2020) Why and how do termite kings and queens live so long? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376: 20190740.
DOI:10.1098/rstb.2019.0740

September 24@A new paper was published!
Takata M., Inagaki T., Ishibashi T., Tasaki E., Matsuura K. (2020) A non-invasive method for sexing first and second instar larvae of termites using external morphology. Insectes Sociaux 67: 487-493.
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-020-00785-2

August 4@A new paper was accepted!
Maekawa N., Yokoi H., Sotome K., Matsuura K., Tanaka C., Endo N., Nakagiri A., Ushijima S. (2020) Athelia termitophila sp. nov. is the teleomorph of the termite ball fungus Fibularhizoctonia sp. Mycoscience 61: 323-330.
DOI: 10.1016/j.myc.2020.08.002

May 22@A new paper was published!
Mitaka Y., Matsuura K. (2020) Age-dependent increase in soldier pheromone of the termite Reticulitermes speratus. Journal of Chemical Ecology 46: 483-489.
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-020-01182-6

May 04@A new paper was published!
Mitaka Y*, Matsuyama S, Mizumoto N, Matsuura K, Akino T (2020) Chemical identification of an aggregation pheromone in the termite Reticulitermes speratus. Scientific Reports 10: 7424.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-64388-4

April 22@A new paper was published!
Inagaki T., Yanagihara S., Fuchikawa T., Matsuura K.: Gut microbial pulse provides nutrition for parental provisioning in incipient termite colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Just Accepted. DOI:10.1007/s00265-020-02843-y

March 5@A new paper was published!
Tasaki E, Komagata Y, Inagaki T, Matsuura K: Reproduction deep inside wood: a low O2 and high CO2 environment promotes egg production by termite queens. Biology Letters Just Accepted. DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2020.0049 OPEN ACCESS

2019

September 27@A new paper was published!
Nozaki T., Matsuura K. (2019) Evolutionary relationship of fat body endoreduplication and queen fecundity in termites. Ecology and Evolution (Online First) Just Accepted. DOI:10.1002/ece3.5664 OPEN ACCESS

September 12@A new paper was published!
Takata M., Mitaka Y., Steiger S., Mori N: A parental volatile pheromone triggers offspring begging in a burying beetle. iScience 19:1260-1278. DOI:10.1016/j.isci.2019.06.041 OPEN ACCESS

2018

October 28 A new paper was published!
Eyer PA, Matsuura K, Vargo EL, Kobayashi K, Yashiro T, Suehiro W, Himuro C, Yokoi T, Guénard B, Dunn RR, Tsuji K: Inbreeding tolerance as a preadapted trait for invasion success in the invasive ant Brachyponera chinensis. Molecular Ecology 27(23): 4711-4724. DOI:10.1111/mec.14910.

October 11 A new paper was published!
Tasaki E, Mitaka Y, Nozaki T, Kobayashi K, Matsuura K, Iuchi Y : High expression of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 in long-lived termite kings. Aging 10(10): 2668–2683. DOI:10.18632/aging.101578.

September 25 A new paper was published!
Mitaka Y, Mori N, Matsuura K : A termite fungistatic compound, mellein, inhibits entomopathogenic fungi but not egg-mimicking termite ball fungi. Applied Entomology and Zoology 54(1): 39-46. DOI:0.1007/s13355-018-0589-1.

September 25 A new paper was published!
Yashiro T., Lo N., Kobayashi K., Nozaki T., Fuchikawa T., Mizumoto N., Namba Y., Matsuura K.: Loss of males from mixed-sex societies in termites. BMC Biology 16:96. DOI:10.1186/s12915-018-0563-y.OPEN ACCESS

September 10 A new paper was published!
Mitaka Y, Tasaki E, Nozaki T, Fuchikawa T, Kbayashi K, Matsuura K: Transcriptomic analysis of epigenetic : Transcriptomic analysis of epigenetic modification genes in the termite Reticulitermes speratus Insect Science (published online). DOI:10.1111/1744-7917.12640.

August 30 A new paper was published!
Inagaki T. and Matsuura K. : Extended mutualism between termites and gut microbes: nutritional symbionts contribute to nest hygiene. The Science of Nature 105:52. DOI:10.1007/s00114-018-1580-y.

August 30 A new paper was published!
Otake R. and Dobata S. : Copy if dissatisfied, innovate if not: contrasting egg-laying decision making in an insect. Animal Cognition 21(6): 805–812.DOI:10.1007/s10071-018-1212-0 .

August 27 A new paper was published!
Idogawa N, Dobata S : Colony structure and life history of Lioponera daikoku (Formicidae: Dorylinae). Asian Myrmecology (online first).DOI:10.20362/am.010006.

July 10 A new paper was published!
Tasaki E, Matsuura K, Iuchi Y: Hypoxia adaptation in termites: hypoxic conditions enhance survival and reproductive activity in royals. Insect Molecular Biology 27(6): 808–814. DOI:10.1111/imb.12519.

March 25 A new paper was published!
Matsuura K, Mizumoto N, Kobayashi K, Nozaki T, Fujita T, Yashiro T, Fuchikawa T, Mitaka Y, Vargo EL: A genomic imprinting model of termite caste determination: Not genetic but epigenetic inheritance influences offspring caste fate. American Naturalist 191, 677-690. DOI:10.1086/697238.OPEN ACCESS

March 7 A new paper was published!
Yanagihara S, Suehiro W, Mitaka Y, Matsuura K: Age-based soldier polyethism: old termite soldiers take more risks than young soldiers. Biology Letters 14: 20180025 DOI:10.1098/rsbl.2018.0025 .

February 20 A new paper was published!
Mizumoto N, Dobata S (2018) The optimal movement patterns for mating encounters with sexually asymmetric detection ranges. Scientific Reports 8: 3356 DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21437-3

January 25 A new article was published!
Nozaki T, Yashiro T, Matsuura K: Preadaptation for asexual queen succession: queen tychoparthenogenesis produces neotenic queens in the termite Reticulitermes okinawanus. Insectes Sociaux (First Online) DOI: 10.1007/s00040-018-0603-110.1007/s00040-018-0603-1

January 22 A new article was published!
Yashiro T, Mitaka Y, Nozaki T, Matsuura K: Chemical and molecular identiication of the invasive termite Zootermopsis nevadensis (Isoptera: Archotermopsidae) in Japan. Applied Entomology and Zoology (in press)

January 9 A new article was accepted!
Tasaki E, Kobayashi K, Matsuura K, Iuchi Y: Long-lived termite queens exhibit high Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase activity. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity (in press).


2017

December 29@A new article was published!

Matsuura K, Mizumoto N, Kobayashi K, Nozaki T, Fujita T, Yashiro T, Fuchikawa T, Mitaka Y, Vargo EL: A genomic imprinting model of termite caste determination: Not genetic but epigenetic inheritance influences offspring caste fate. American Naturalist (in press).

November 3@A new article was published!

Suehiro W, Hyodo F, Tanaka HO, Himuro C, Yokoi T, Dobata S, Guenard B, Dunn RR, Vargo EL, Tsuji K, Matsuura K: Radiocarbon analysis reveals expanded diet breadth associates with the invasion of a predatory ant.Scientific Reports 7, 15016. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15105-1).

October 31@A new article was published!

Hasegawa E, Mizumoto N, Kobayashi K, Dobata S, Yoshimura J, Watanabe S, Murakami Y, Matsuura K: Nature of collective decision-making by simple yes/no decision units. Scientific Reports 7, 14436. (doi:10.1038/s41598-017-14626-z)


October 13|15@We participated in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Population Ecology (@Nishijin Plaza, Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka, Japan).

[Symposium]
The era of genome imprinting: epigenetic inheritance and a paradigm shift in evolutionary ecology
Organizer: Kenji Matsuura


Speaker:
Yoh Iwasa (Kyushu Univ.) Genomic imprinting in mammals: success and failure of conflict theory

Sergey Gavrilets (Univ. Tennessee) Sexually antagonistic epigenetic marks and canalization of sexual development

Hidetoshi Saze (OIST) Epigenetic regulation of genes and transposable elements in plants

Kenji Matsuura (Kyoto Univ.) Genomic imprinting and the evolution of caste determination system in termites


[Poster]
Nobuaki Mizumoto, Shigeto Dobata: Searching strategy when a mating pair gets separated in termites

Masato S. Abe, Shigeto Dobata: Relaxed selection against mutational load in social insect workers facilitates the evolution of their sterility

Naoto Idogawa, Shigeto Dobata: Superorganismal adaptation explored in the nest size of clonal ants


October 1@English top page was open.




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