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Comparative transcriptomics of social insect queen pheromones

Holman, Luke; Helantera, Heikki; Trontti, Kalevi; Mikheyev, Alexander


Queen pheromones are chemical signals that mediate reproductive division of labor in eusocial animals. Remarkably, queen pheromones are composed of identical or chemically similar compounds in some ants, wasps and bees, even though these taxa diverged > 150MYA and evolved queens and workers independently. Here, we measure the transcriptomic consequences of experimental exposure to queen pheromones in workers from two ant and two bee species (genera: Lasius, Apis, Bombus), and test whether they...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-04-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09567-2
Access Rights: Open Access


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