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Disentangling the effect of insemination and ovary development on the cuticular hydrocarbon profile in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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Jansen, J and Pokorny, T and Schmitt, T, Disentangling the effect of insemination and ovary development on the cuticular hydrocarbon profile in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Apidologie, 47, (1) pp. 101-113. ISSN 0044-8435 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 INRA, DIB and Springer-Verlag France

DOI: doi:10.1007/s13592-015-0379-5

Abstract

In many social insects, fertility of the reproductive caste is communicated via cuticular chemistry. Changes in cuticular profiles have been correlated to ovarian development. However, an effect of insemination has been neglected in the majority of studies so far. In Bombus terrestris, we stimulated virgin queens to found colonies without being inseminated and compared their cuticular hydrocarbon profile (CHC) to other females in different insemination and breeding statuses. The analysis of the CHC profiles showed an effect of both insemination and ovarian development on the cuticular profile. Thus, insemination besides ovarian development might be received by workers in bumblebees as a potential cue for fertility.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:breeding status, cuticular profile, fertility, mating, virgin queen
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological Physiology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Jansen, J (Mr Jan Jansen)
ID Code:114419
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Centre for Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-02-15
Last Modified:2017-04-11
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