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The key morphological feature that distinguishes corbiculate bees from other members of the Apidae family is the presence of the corbicula (pollen basket) on the tibial segment of hind legs. Here, we show that in the honeybee (Apis mellifera), the depletion of the gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) by RNAi transforms the corbicula from a smooth, bristle-free concave(More)
Winged insects underwent an unparalleled evolutionary radiation, but mechanisms underlying the origin and diversification of wings in basal insects are sparsely known compared with more derived holometabolous insects. In the neopteran species Oncopeltus fasciatus, we manipulated wing specification genes and used RNA-seq to obtain both functional and genomic(More)
ii DEDICATION This work is dedicated to my parents Mijo and Kata, my sister Susan, my brother Mike and my nephews Michael, Nicholas and Ryan for their support throughout my graduate training. I would also like to dedicate this work in loving memory of my grandmother Ana Marković. iii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First I would like to thank my advisor Dr. Aleksandar(More)
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