Soldier formation regulated by a primer pheromone from the soldier frontal gland in a higher termite, Nasutitermes lujae.

@article{Lefeuve1984SoldierFR,
  title={Soldier formation regulated by a primer pheromone from the soldier frontal gland in a higher termite, Nasutitermes lujae.},
  author={P. Lefeuve and Christian Bordereau},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1984},
  volume={81 23},
  pages={
          7665-8
        }
}
In the nasute higher termite Nasutitermes lujae, the differentiation of new soldiers is suppressed or delayed by the soldiers themselves. Experimental data strongly suggest that this inhibitory effect results from the action of a primer pheromone secreted by the frontal gland of soldiers. The pheromone must be contacted directly. Thus, the frontal gland of termite soldiers assumes a new role in addition to alarm and defense, although this extension cannot be generalized to all termite species… CONTINUE READING

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