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Honey bees are a model system for the study of division of labor. Worker bees demonstrate a foraging division of labor (DOL) by biasing collection towards carbohydrates (nectar) or protein

Honey bees are a model system for the study of division of labor. Worker bees demonstrate a foraging division of labor (DOL) by biasing collection towards carbohydrates (nectar) or protein (pollen). The Reproductive ground-plan hypothesis of Amdam et al. proposes that foraging DOL is regulated by the networks that controlled foraging behavior during the reproductive life cycle of honey bee ancestors. Here we test a proposed mechanism through which the ovary of the facultatively sterile worker impacts foraging bias.

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    • 2012-04-30
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033465
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      1939-1560

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    Siegel, A. J., Freedman, C., & Page, R. E. (2012). Ovarian Control of Nectar Collection in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). PLoS ONE, 7(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033465

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