Amino acid composition of the protein in pre-emergence nests of a paper wasp, Polistes chinensis (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

@article{Kud2000AminoAC,
  title={Amino acid composition of the protein in pre-emergence nests of a paper wasp, Polistes chinensis (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)},
  author={Kazuyuki Kud{\^o} and H. Yamamoto and Soichi Yamane},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2000},
  volume={47},
  pages={371-375}
}
Summary: Amino acid composition of protein in oral secretion, which is widely used for construction and maintenance of social wasp nests, was analyzed in pre-emergence nests of Polistes chinensis. More than 20 amino acids were detected from field and laboratory nests, among which glycine, serine, alanine, valine and proline were major amino acids in all samples analyzed. The amino acid composition was very similar among various nest parts, and between field and laboratory nests. Foundresses of… 
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