Identification of a pheromone regulating caste differentiation in termites.

@article{Matsuura2010IdentificationOA,
  title={Identification of a pheromone regulating caste differentiation in termites.},
  author={Kenji Matsuura and Chihiro Himuro and Tomoyuki Yokoi and Yuuka Yamamoto and Edward L Vargo and Laurent Keller},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 29},
  pages={
          12963-8
        }
}
The hallmark of social insects is their caste system: reproduction is primarily monopolized by queens, whereas workers specialize in the other tasks required for colony growth and survival. Pheromones produced by reigning queens have long been believed to be the prime factor inhibiting the differentiation of new reproductive individuals. However, there has been very little progress in the chemical identification of such inhibitory pheromones. Here we report the identification of a volatile… CONTINUE READING

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