Trail pheromones: an integrative view of their role in social insect colony organization.

  title={Trail pheromones: an integrative view of their role in social insect colony organization.},
  author={Tomer J. Czaczkes and Christoph Gr{\"u}ter and Francis L. W. Ratnieks},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
Trail pheromones do more than simply guide social insect workers from point A to point B. Recent research has revealed additional ways in which they help to regulate colony foraging, often via positive and negative feedback processes that influence the exploitation of the different resources that a colony has knowledge of. Trail pheromones are often complementary or synergistic with other information sources, such as individual memory. Pheromone trails can be composed of two or more pheromones… 

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