Wednesday, March 03, 2004

PNAS: Endler, A., Liebig, J. et al. 101 (9): 2945 In colonies of the Florida Carpenter ant, Camponotus floridanus, the queen monopolizes reproduction. As long as she is present, workers are reluctant in producing own eggs. Until now is has been unknown how birth-control did function in ant societies. Scientiest of the Biocenter at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, now solved this mystery: the queen writes her royal egg-laying interdiction directly onto the eggs...

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