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Bioassays with worker bees for testing attraction and other releaser effects of queen pheromone components

Bioassays with worker bees for testing attraction and other releaser effects of queen pheromone components

Apidologie 21(4): 351-353

A Y-shaped olfactometer was used to test the effects of queen pheromone compounds on individual workers. The smallest amount of 9-oxo-2-decenoic acid tested (1.875 g) was attractive to workers, but 15 g was repellent; 5 micro g of methyl-p-hydroxybenzoate (MPHB) was attractive but 11 micro g was repellent. Workers were indifferent to (4-hydroxy-3-methoxy)-2-phenylethanol.

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