Trail pheromones: an integrative view of their role in colony organization

Czaczkes, Tomer J, Grüter, Christoph and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Trail pheromones: an integrative view of their role in colony organization. Annual Review of Entomology, 60. pp. 581-599. ISSN 0066-4170

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Abstract

Trail pheromones do more than simply guide social insect workers from point A to point B. Recent research has revealed additional ways in which they help to regulate colony foraging, often via positive and negative feedback processes that influence the exploitation of the different resources that a colony has knowledge of. Trail pheromones are often complementary or synergistic with other information sources, such as individual memory. Pheromone trails can be composed of two or more pheromones with different functions, and information may be embedded in the trail network geometry. These findings indicate remarkable sophistication in how trail pheromones are used to regulate colony-level behavior, and how trail pheromones are used and deployed at the individual level.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: Tom Gittoes
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 15:17
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 15:17
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53334
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