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Olof Leimar, Klaus Hartfelder, Manfred D. Laubichler and Robert E. Page Jr Development and evolution of caste dimorphism in honeybees – a modeling approach Ecology and Evolution 2

Article first published online: 8 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.414

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Using theoretical modeling and empirical data on queen and worker development in honeybees, we show that larval developmental plasticity and nurse worker feeding behavior have coevolved to become integrated parts of a sociogenetic regulatory network that produces dimorphic castes. Based on the mechanisms identified in our analysis, we propose a scenario of the evolutionary history of honeybee development and feeding regimes.

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