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Beyond Royalactin and a master inducer explanation of phenotypic plasticity in honey bees

Maleszka, Ryszard


Distinct female castes produced from one genotype are the trademark of a successful evolutionary invention in eusocial insects known as reproductive division of labour. In honey bees, fertile queens develop from larvae fed a complex diet called royal jelly. Recently, one protein in royal jelly, dubbed Royalactin, was deemed to be the exclusive driver of queen bee determination. However, this notion has not been universally accepted. Here I critically evaluate this line of research and argue...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Communications Biology
DOI: 10.1038/s42003-017-0004-4
Access Rights: Open Access


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