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- Korb, Judith
- Journal of chemical ecology 2018 v.44 no.9 pp. 818-826
- Formicidae, etc ; Isoptera; chemical communication; diploidy; hydrocarbons; models; nests; pheromones; reproduction; subterranean termites; totipotency; Show all 11 Subjects
- ... Termites evolved eusociality independently from social Hymenoptera. As a common trait, reproductive monopoly is maintained through chemical communication. The queen (and in termites also a king) prevents workers from reproduction by conveying their reproductive status. In termites all soldiers are sterile, but workers’ potential to reproduce differs between species. It ranges from totipotency in w ...
- Villalta, Irene; Abril, Silvia; Cerdá, Xim; Boulay, Raphael
- Journal of chemical ecology 2018 v.44 no.9 pp. 805-817
- Formicidae, etc ; diploidy; evolution; hydrocarbons; larvae; mechanism of action; queen insects; queen pheromones; Show all 8 Subjects
- ... Ant queen pheromones (QPs) have long been known to affect colony functioning. In many species, QPs affect important reproductive functions such as diploid larvae sexualization and egg-laying by workers, unmated queens (gynes), or other queens. Until the 1990s, these effects were generally viewed to be the result of queen manipulation through the use of coercive or dishonest signals. However, in th ...