Conserved class of queen pheromones stops social insect workers from reproducing
van Oystaeyen, Annette; Oliveira, Ricardo Caliari; Holman, Luke; van Zweden, Jelle S.; Romero, Carmen; Oi, Cintia A.; d'Ettorre, Patrizia; Khalesi, Mohammadreza; Billen, Johan; Wackers, Felix; Millar, Jocelyn G.; Wenseleers, Tom
A major evolutionary transition to eusociality with reproductive division of labor between queens and workers has arisen independently at least 10 times in the ants, bees, and wasps. Pheromones produced by queens are thought to play a key role in regulating this complex social system, but their evolutionary history remains unknown. Here, we identify the first sterility-inducing queen pheromones in a wasp, bumblebee, and desert ant and synthesize existing data on compounds that characterize...[Show more]
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