Ovariole number and ovary activation of Russian honeybee workers (Apis mellifera L.)

publication date: Feb 1, 2012
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 51 (1) pp. 147 - 149
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.51.1.21
Date
February 2012
Article Title

Ovariole number and ovary activation of Russian honeybee workers (Apis mellifera L.)

Author(s)

Michael Munday, Thomas E Rinderer, Olav Rueppell

Abstract

Notes and Comments

Russian worker bees may be less responsive to queen signals, which may be influenced by ovary size or may influence ovary size by altering larval feeding. For these reasons, we predicted relatively large worker ovaries in Russian honey bees and set out to study them.

Keywords

Social evolution, ovary size, worker reproduction, caste divergence, ovarioles

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