How a honeybee's diet changes its fate: Insects become workers or queens based on the presence of plant molecules in their food



Plant molecules that regulate genes help determine whether or not bee larvae are destined to become royalty, research has shown.
Bee larvae born to be workers chiefly feed on a mixture of pollen and honey, known as 'beebread', rich in microRNAs.
Scientists believe the molecules, which silence certain genes, delay development of the larvae and keep their ovaries inactive.
HOW ROYAL JELLY MAKES A QUEEN BEE  Bee larvae born to be workers chiefly feed on a mixture of pollen and honey, known as 'beebread', rich in microRNAs.
Scientists believe the molecules, which silence certain genes, delay... read more

 
31 August 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 44
Source: Daily Mail
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