Chemical Changes Associated with the Invasion of a Melipona scutellaris Colony by Melipona rufiventris Workers

  title={Chemical Changes Associated with the Invasion of a Melipona scutellaris Colony by Melipona rufiventris Workers},
  author={Adriana Pianaro and A. Flach and E. F. Patricio and P. Nogueira-Neto and A. Marsaioli},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
Wax constituents produced by worker bees and the chemistry of the nest batumen (mixture of wax, mud, and floral materials) in a Melipona scutellaris colony changed when it was invaded by Melipona rufiventris workers. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses showed that after invasion, the M. scutellaris workers of the invaded colony produced waxes with higher relative abundance of triacontanyl acetate and decreased the amounts of n-alkanes and n-9-alkenes. On the other hand, waxes from M… Expand

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