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Queen pheromones in Temnothorax ants: control or honest signal?

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Brunner, Elisabeth ; Kroiss, Johannes ; Trindl, Andreas ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 25 May 2011 09:58


Background The division of reproductive labor among group members in insect societies is regulated by "queen pheromones". However, it remains controversial whether these are manipulative, i.e., actively suppress worker reproduction, or honestly signal the fertility status of the queen to which workers react in their own interest by refraining from laying eggs. Manipulative queen control is ...


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