Queen Control or Queen Signal in Ants: What Remains of the Controversy 25 Years After Keller and Nonacs’ Seminal Paper?

@article{Villalta2018QueenCO,
  title={Queen Control or Queen Signal in Ants: What Remains of the Controversy 25 Years After Keller and Nonacs’ Seminal Paper?},
  author={Irene Villalta and S{\'i}lvia Abril and X{\'i}m Cerd{\'a} and Raphael Boulay},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2018},
  volume={44},
  pages={805-817}
}
Ant queen pheromones (QPs) have long been known to affect colony functioning. In many species, QPs affect important reproductive functions such as diploid larvae sexualization and egg-laying by workers, unmated queens (gynes), or other queens. Until the 1990s, these effects were generally viewed to be the result of queen manipulation through the use of coercive or dishonest signals. However, in their seminal 1993 paper, Keller and Nonacs challenged this idea, suggesting that QPs had evolved as… CONTINUE READING
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