Role of hydrocarbons in egg recognition in the honeybee

Martin, Stephen J, Jones, Graeme R, Châline, Nicolas and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2004) Role of hydrocarbons in egg recognition in the honeybee. Physiological Entomology, 29 (4). pp. 395-399. ISSN 0307-6962

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Despite worker-laid and queen-laid honeybee eggs having significantly different hydrocarbon profiles, bioassays and chemical supplementation studies show that changing the hydrocarbon profile does not affect egg identity. Furthermore, full-sized eggs that are tested just before being laid or just after being laid have similar hydrocarbon patterns but are treated differently in egg-discrimination bioassays with only the laid eggs surviving. This suggests that hydrocarbons play no role in the egg-recognition system in honeybees.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Francis Ratnieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:19
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 15:08
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