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Decoding Brood Pheromone: The Releaser and Primer Effects of Young and Old Larvae on Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Workers

Abstract How a colony regulates the division of labor to forage for nutritional resources while accommodating for changes in colony demography is a fundamental question in the sociobiology of social insects. In honey bee, Apis mellifera, brood composition impacts the division of labor, but it is unknown if colonies adjust the allocation of foragers to carbohydrate and protein resources based on changes in the age demography of larvae and the pheromones they produce. Young and old larvae produce pheromones that differ in composition and volatility. In turn, nurses differentially provision larvae, feeding developing young worker larvae a surplus diet that is more queen-like in protein composition and food availability, while old larvae receive a diet ... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Traynor, Kirsten Shoshanna (Author) / Page, Robert E (Advisor) / Hölldobler, Berthold (Committee member) / Pratt, Stephen (Committee member) / Liebig, Jürgen (Committee member) / Brent, Colin (Committee member) / Baluch, Page (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Animal behavior / Genetics / Agriculture / Apis mellifera / brood / honey bee / pheromone / pollen foraging / pollination
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 140 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Biology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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