Organizers: Sara Magalhães, Isabelle Olivieri, Keiko Oku
Choosing mates and subsequently allocating resources to male and female progeny are decisions with tremendous consequences for the growth and evolutionary dynamics of populations. Consequently, this has been a prolific research area, but several issues remain unresolved. Mites present several features, including male mate guarding, local mate competition and the interaction with endosymbionts distorting sex ratio, which make them model systems to address such topics. Indeed, studies with mites have provided several breakthroughs in this research area, some of which we hope will be presented during this symposium.