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Queen honey bee mandibular pheromone does not affect worker ovary development

Canadian Entomologist 122(11-12): 1093-1100

Queen honey bee mandibular pheromone does not affect worker ovary development

This study examined the dose-dependent effects of synthetic honey bee queen mandibular pheromone on the inhibition of worker ovary development. The range of doses examined was from 10-3 to 10 queen equivalents (Qeq) per day for 43 days; 1 Qeq was the amount of pheromone in an average pair of queen mandibular glands. Ovary class and ovariole number scores were used as estimates of worker ovary development. Queen mandibular pheromone did not inhibit ovary development in workers at any dose.

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Accession: 002200945

DOI: 10.4039/Ent1221093-11

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