Organisational immunity

Preventing disease spread

Pathogens use the social interaction networks of their hosts for transmission to new host individuals. Social insect colonies are inherently sub-structured into foragers and nurses with the queen. Upon pathogen contact, this sub-structuring gets more pronounced, further reducing disease transmission to the queen.

Read more on the organizational immunity hypothesis and its first experimental evidence:

Stroeymeyt et al 2014 COIS
Stroeymeyt et al 2018 Science

The concept

Sanitary care

Nest hygiene

Removing infection

Social immunisation

Organisational immunity