Chemical regulation of polyethism during foraging in the neotropical termiteNasutitermes costalis

@article{Traniello2005ChemicalRO,
  title={Chemical regulation of polyethism during foraging in the neotropical termiteNasutitermes costalis},
  author={James F. A. Traniello and Christine Busher},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={11},
  pages={319-332}
}
The soldiers ofNasutitermes costalis communicate information about the presence and location of food by laying chemical trails of sternal gland secretion. These trails first recruit additional soldiers, and as the number of soldiers contacting food and returning to the nest increases, trail pheromone concentration increases, and workers are recruited. This polyethic pattern of recruitment does not appear to depend on qualitative (caste-specific) properties of soldier and worker sternal gland… Expand

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