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9-0XODECENOIC ACID AND DOMINANCE IN HONEYBEES

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 22 (1) pp.27-32
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Date
March 1983
Article Title
9-0XODECENOIC ACID AND DOMINANCE IN HONEYBEES
Author(s)
M. SAIOVICI
Abstract

Removal of the mandibular glands from workers of Apis mellifera capemis did not interfere with their becoming reproductively dominant in a group of Apis mellifera mellifera workers. Activation of the ovaries of the mellifera workers was inhibited in the presence of Cape bees either with or without their mandibular glands. Gas chromatography plus mass spectrometry confirmed that the main component of the mandibular glands was (E)-9-oxo-2-decenoic acid (75% by weight).

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