Title: First identification of a trail pheromone of an army ant (Aenictus species)
Authors: Oldham, Neil J. ×
Morgan, E. David
Gobin, Bruno
Billen, Johan #
Issue Date: Aug-1994
Publisher: Birkhauser verlag ag
Series Title: Experientia vol:50 issue:8 pages:763-765
Abstract: Totally blind army ants carry out massive and highly organised foraging raids, apparently guided by chemical stimuli. Until now, this phenomenon has not been closely analysed. The existence of a trail pheromone in a postpygidial gland of an Aenictus species has been demonstrated and the substances identified as methyl anthranilate and methyl nicotinate The pheromone consists of two parts: a primer effect, caused by methyl nicotinate, which prepares workers to follow trails, but is not itself followed, and a releaser effect, due to methyl anthranilate, which causes trail-following only in conjunction with the primer substance.
ISSN: 0014-4754
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
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