Mar 27, 2009 | 4
Spring is in the air, but that doesn't have all termites looking for love. New research published this week in Science says that some queen termites can reproduce both sexually and asexually, depending on the kind of baby they're making (workers or queens).
"It wasn't known that termites did this in the field," says study co-author Ed Vargo, an associate professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. "We knew that the potential was there," he says, because seven termite species had been coaxed to reproduce asexually in experiments. "But it all seemed to me like a laboratory artifact."
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