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Spitting out information: Trigona bees deposit saliva to signal resource locations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17251108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stingless bees of the species Trigona spinipes (Fabricius 1793) use their saliva to lay scent trails communicating the location of profitable food sources. Extracts of the cephalic labial glands of the salivary system (not the mandibular glands, however) contain a large amount (approx. 74%) of octyl octanoate. This ester is also found on the scent-marked substrates at the feeding site. We demonstrate octyl octanoate to be a single compound pheromone which induces full trail following behaviour. The identification of the trail pheromone in this widely distributed bee makes it an ideal organism for studying the mechanism of trail following in a day flying insect.
Dirk Louis P Schorkopf; Stefan Jarau; Wittko Francke; Robert Twele; Ronaldo Zucchi; Michael Hrncir; Veronika M Schmidt; Manfred Ayasse; Friedrich G Barth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  274     ISSN:  0962-8452     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-31     Completed Date:  2007-04-24     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  895-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department for Neurobiology and Behavioural Sciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Communication*
Bees / anatomy & histology,  metabolism,  physiology*
Caprylates / metabolism
Pheromones / chemistry,  physiology*
Saliva / chemistry,  physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Caprylates; 0/Pheromones; 2306-88-9/octyl octanoate

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