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Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect. / Stroeymeyt, Nathalie; Grasse, Anna V.; Crespi, Alessandro; Mersch, Danielle P.; Cremer, Sylvia; Keller, Laurent.

In: Science, Vol. 362, No. 6417, 23.11.2018, p. 941-945.

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Stroeymeyt, N, Grasse, AV, Crespi, A, Mersch, DP, Cremer, S & Keller, L 2018, 'Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect', Science, vol. 362, no. 6417, pp. 941-945. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aat4793

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Stroeymeyt, N., Grasse, A. V., Crespi, A., Mersch, D. P., Cremer, S., & Keller, L. (2018). Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect. Science, 362(6417), 941-945. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aat4793

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Stroeymeyt N, Grasse AV, Crespi A, Mersch DP, Cremer S, Keller L. Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect. Science. 2018 Nov 23;362(6417):941-945. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aat4793

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Stroeymeyt, Nathalie ; Grasse, Anna V. ; Crespi, Alessandro ; Mersch, Danielle P. ; Cremer, Sylvia ; Keller, Laurent. / Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect. In: Science. 2018 ; Vol. 362, No. 6417. pp. 941-945.

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