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Regulation of division of labor in insect societies.
  • G. Robinson
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annual review of entomology
  • 1992
A key feature of the division of labor in insect colonies is its plasticity, which enables it to continue to grow, develop, and ultimately produce a new generation of reproductive males and females despite changing colony conditions. Expand
Vitellogenin, juvenile hormone, insulin signaling, and queen honey bee longevity
The hypothesis that caste-specific differences in Vg expression are involved in queen longevity is supported and conserved and species-specific mechanisms interact to regulate queen bee longevity without sacrificing fecundity. Expand
Experience- and Age-Related Outgrowth of Intrinsic Neurons in the Mushroom Bodies of the Adult Worker Honeybee
It is reported that growth of the mushroom body neuropil in adult bees occurs throughout adult life and continues after bees begin to forage, indicating that, under natural conditions, the cytoarchitectural complexity of neurons in the mushroom bodies of adult honeybees increases as a function of increasing age, but that foraging experience promotes additional dendritic branching and growth. Expand
Gene Expression Profiles in the Brain Predict Behavior in Individual Honey Bees
It is shown that the age-related transition by adult honey bees from hive work to foraging is associated with changes in messenger RNA abundance in the brain for 39% of genes tested, demonstrating more extensive genomic plasticity in the adult brain than has yet been shown. Expand
Genetic and genomic analyses of the division of labour in insect societies
Different forms of division of labour, in lineages in which eusociality has arisen independently, have evolved through changes in the regulation of highly conserved molecular pathways associated with several basic life-history traits, including nutrition, metabolism and reproduction. Expand
Big Data: Astronomical or Genomical?
Estimates show that genomics is a “four-headed beast”—it is either on par with or the most demanding of the domains analyzed here in terms of data acquisition, storage, distribution, and analysis. Expand
Selective neuroanatomical plasticity and division of labour in the honeybee
It is reported that age-based division of labour in adult worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) is associated with substantial changes in certain brain regions, notably the mushroom bodies, demonstrating a robust anatomical plasticity associated with complex behaviour in an adult insect. Expand
Pheromone-mediated gene expression in the honey bee brain
Results demonstrate chronic gene regulation by a primer pheromone and illustrate the potential of genomics to trace the actions of a phersomone from perception to action, and thereby provide insights into how pheromsones regulate social life. Expand
Regulation of honey bee division of labor by colony age demography
Results demonstrate that plasticity in age-related division of labor in honey bee colonies is at least partially controlled by social factors, suggesting that colony age demography directly influences temporal division of Labor. Expand
Worker nutrition and division of labour in honeybees
A demonstration of a robust association between reduced lipid stores and the transition to foraging suggests that worker nutritional state may be involved in the regulation of division of labour in honeybee colonies. Expand