Experimental manipulation of ovary activation and gene expression in honey bee (Apis mellifera) queens and workers: testing hypotheses of reproductive regulation.

A fundamental issue in sociobiology is to understand how social insect females regulate their individual reproduction to maximize colony and personal fitness. Although the social cues mediating reproductive output within castes of the honey bees (Apis mellifera) are understood at a basic level, the underlying gene regulatory networks are not. In this study… CONTINUE READING