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New experiments in caste determination in meliponins

New experiments in caste determination in meliponins

Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Seances de l' Academie des Sciences, D 278: 907-910

The effect of nutrition on Melipona beechei larvae was investigated. From the group which was not fed, many small workers and some small queens (1 queen to 9 workers; normally 1 : 4) were obtained. Overfeeding of larvae produced bees larger than normal, and a high proportion of queens (1 queen to 1 worker). Thus caste is not determined genetically but is dependent on the quantity and quality of food.

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