Natures wonders: diet makes queen bees (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Monday, August 31, 2015, 14:15 (1566 days ago) @ David Turell

Certain plant substances in diet suppress genes that make ovaries, limiting the females who become queens:

"The result supports the idea that consumption of p-coumaric acid, along with other phenolic compounds found in honey and beebread, leads to “a form of chemical castration” of future worker bees, the authors wrote in their report. But p-coumaric acid is probably only part of the caste-determination story, Berenbaum added.

“'Royal jelly is important for producing queens,” she said, “but, apparently, plant products are important for producing workers.'”

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