Regulation of honeybee worker (apis mellifera) life histories by vitellogenin

Gro Amdam, K. E. Ihle, Robert Page

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23 Scopus citations


The honeybee vitellogenin protein is receiving considerable attention in research that aims to understand the regulatory causality and evolutionary history of social ontogeny, behavior, and life span. This chapter reviews the theoretical and experimental studies leading to the current insight that an endocrine-like action of vitellogenin can regulate major aspects of social organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHormones, Brain and Behavior Online
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780080887838
StatePublished - 2009


  • Evolutionary co-option
  • Foraging
  • Insulin/insulin-like signaling
  • Juvenile hormone
  • Life span
  • RNA interference (RNAi)
  • Social behavior
  • Task bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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