Control of reproductive dominance by the thelytoky gene in honeybees.

@article{Lattorff2007ControlOR,
  title={Control of reproductive dominance by the thelytoky gene in honeybees.},
  author={H. Michael G. Lattorff and Robin F. A. Moritz and Robin M Crewe and M. Granel de Solignac},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={3 3},
  pages={292-5}
}
Differentiation into castes and reproductive division of labour are a characteristics of eusocial insects. Caste determination occurs at an early stage of larval development in social bees and is achieved via differential nutrition irrespective of the genotype. Workers are usually subordinate to the queen and altruistically refrain from reproduction. Workers of the Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) do not necessarily refrain from reproduction. They have the unique ability to produce… CONTINUE READING