Maternal and nourishment factors interact to influence offspring developmental trajectories in social wasps.

@article{Jandt2017MaternalAN,
  title={Maternal and nourishment factors interact to influence offspring developmental trajectories in social wasps.},
  author={Jennifer M Jandt and Sainath Suryanarayanan and John C. Hermanson and Robert L Jeanne and Amy L Toth},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2017},
  volume={284 1857}
}
The social and nutritional environments during early development have the potential to affect offspring traits, but the mechanisms and molecular underpinnings of these effects remain elusive. We used Polistes fuscatus paper wasps to dissect how maternally controlled factors (vibrational signals and nourishment) interact to induce different caste developmental trajectories in female offspring, leading to worker or reproductive (gyne) traits. We established a set of caste phenotype biomarkers in… CONTINUE READING
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