Chemical communication is not sufficient to explain reproductive inhibition in the bumblebee Bombus impatiens

@inproceedings{Padilla2016ChemicalCI,
  title={Chemical communication is not sufficient to explain reproductive inhibition in the bumblebee Bombus impatiens},
  author={Mario Padilla and Etya Amsalem and Naomi S. Altman and Abraham Hefetz and Christina M Grozinger},
  booktitle={Royal Society open science},
  year={2016}
}
Reproductive division of labour is a hallmark of eusociality, but disentangling the underlying proximate mechanisms can be challenging. In bumblebees, workers isolated from the queen can activate their ovaries and lay haploid, male eggs. We investigated if volatile, contact, visual or behavioural cues produced by the queen or brood mediate reproductive dominance in Bombus impatiens. Exposure to queen-produced volatiles, brood-produced volatiles and direct contact with pupae did not reduce… CONTINUE READING
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