Peripheral modulation of worker bee responses to queen mandibular pheromone.

@article{Vergoz2009PeripheralMO,
  title={Peripheral modulation of worker bee responses to queen mandibular pheromone.},
  author={Vanina Vergoz and Henry James McQuillan and Lisa H. Geddes and Kiri Frances Pullar and Brad Joseph Nicholson and Michael G. Paulin and Alison R. Mercer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 49},
  pages={
          20930-5
        }
}
It is generally accepted that young worker bees (Apis mellifera L.) are highly attracted to queen mandibular pheromone (QMP). Our results challenge this widely held view. We have found that unless young workers are exposed to QMP early in adult life, they, like foragers, avoid contact with this pheromone. Our data indicate that responses to QMP are regulated peripherally, at the level of the antennal sensory neurons, and that a window of opportunity exists in which QMP can alter a young bee's… CONTINUE READING

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