Identification of an ant queen pheromone regulating worker sterility.

  title={Identification of an ant queen pheromone regulating worker sterility.},
  author={Luke Holman and Charlotte G J\orgensen and John Nielsen and Patrizia d'Ettorre},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={277 1701},
The selective forces that shape and maintain eusocial societies are an enduring puzzle in evolutionary biology. Ordinarily sterile workers can usually reproduce given the right conditions, so the factors regulating reproductive division of labour may provide insight into why eusociality has persisted over evolutionary time. Queen-produced pheromones that affect worker reproduction have been implicated in diverse taxa, including ants, termites, wasps and possibly mole rats, but to date have only… CONTINUE READING
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