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Chemical warfare in termites.
This text aims to fill the gap of the past 25 years and overview all of the relevant primary sources about the chemistry of termite defense along with related biological aspects, such as the anatomy of defensive glands and their functional mechanisms, alarm communication, and the evolutionary significance of these defensive elements. Expand
Adaptive dynamics of cuticular hydrocarbons in Drosophila
  • S. Rajpurohit, R. Hanus, +5 authors P. S. Schmidt
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of evolutionary biology
  • 1 January 2017
The data strongly suggest that CHC profiles respond rapidly and adaptively to environmental parameters that covary with latitude and season, and that this response reflects the process of local adaptation in natural populations of D. melanogaster. Expand
Structure and function of defensive glands in soldiers of Glossotermes oculatus (Isoptera: Serritermitidae)
The structure and function of defensive glands in Glossotermes oculatus soldiers aiming to understand their use in combat are investigated and it is hypothesized that this self-sacrifice is an efficient way of blocking a gallery under attack. Expand
The frontal gland in workers of Neotropical soldierless termites
The first observation of a frontal gland in workers of several Neotropical and one African species of Apicotermitinae is reported, which is well-developed, functional and consists of class 1 secretory cells. Expand
Explosive Backpacks in Old Termite Workers
It is shown that workers of the termite Neocapritermes taracua develop an exceptional two-component suicidal apparatus consisting of copper-containing protein crystals, stored in external pouches, and internal salivary glands that bursts during aggressive encounters. Expand
Gene Expression Dynamics in Major Endocrine Regulatory Pathways along the Transition from Solitary to Social Life in a Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris
The gene expression levels of major endocrine regulatory pathways across tissues, sexes, and life-stages of the buff-tailed bumblebee are characterized, with special emphasis on critical stages of the queen's transition from solitary to social life. Expand
Fat body of Prorhinotermes simplex (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): ultrastructure, inter-caste differences and lipid composition.
Ultrastructure of the fat body was studied in following castes and developmental stages of Prorhinotermes simplex: larvae of the first and the second instar, pseudergates, presoldiers, soldiers,Expand
Communication and Social Regulation in Termites
This chapter reviews the recent literature on the different components that make up termite communication and social regulation systems by tracing termite evolution and examining the role played by different factors, such as sex and caste, and different behaviors, including those related to defense, nestmate recognition, egg and brood care, foraging, and nest building. Expand
Sexual communication in the termite Prorhinotermes simplex (Isoptera, Rhinotermitidae) mediated by a pheromone from female tergal glands
It is hypothesize that (3Z,6Z,8E)-dodeca-3,6,8-trien-1-ol is a major component of the female sex pheromone in P. simplex. Expand
Asexual queen succession in the higher termite Embiratermes neotenicus
It is shown that AQS is not an oddity restricted to a single genus of lower termites, but a more widespread strategy occurring also in the most advanced termite group, the higher termites (Termitidae), using five newly developed polymorphic microsatellite loci. Expand