Cuticular hydrocarbons as modulators of social interactions in honeybee colonies
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Honeybees are known for their highly complex social organization with individuals of different ages working in a coordinated manner to ensure colony functionality. While local-level inter-individual interactions are critical in transferring global-level information about colony needs, these same interactions are also exploited by various pathogens to spread themselves within the colony. It is therefore important to understand the proximate mechanisms that generate the exact structure of the interaction network within the colony. While bees of different ages possess unique cuticular hydrocarbon ...