Maternal Effect on Female Caste Determination in a Social Insect

  title={Maternal Effect on Female Caste Determination in a Social Insect},
  author={Tanja Schwander and Jean-Yves Humbert and Colin S Brent and Sara Helms Cahan and Lucille Chapuis and Emanuela Renai and Laurent Keller},
  journal={Current Biology},
Caste differentiation and division of labor are the hallmarks of social insect colonies [1, 2]. The current dogma for female caste differentiation is that female eggs are totipotent, with morphological and physiological differences between queens and workers stemming from a developmental switch during the larval stage controlled by nutritional and other environmental factors (e.g., [3-8]). In this study, we tested whether maternal effects influence caste differentiation in Pogonomyrmex… CONTINUE READING

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