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A list of and some comments about the trail pheromones of ants

AuthorsCerdá, Xim ; Van Oudenhove, Louise; Bernstein, C.; Boulay, Raphaël
Issue Date2014
PublisherNatural Product Communications
CitationNatural product communications 9: 1115- 1122 (2014)
AbstractAnts use many different chemical compounds to communicate with their nestmates. Foraging success depends on how efficiently ants communicate the presence of food and thus recruit workers to exploit the food resource. Trail pheromones, produced by different exocrine glands, are a key part of ant foraging strategies. By combing through the literature, we compiled a list of the identity and glandular origin of the chemical compounds found in the trail pheromones of 75 different ant species. Of the 168 compounds identified, more than 40% are amines. In the subfamily Myrmicinae, trail pheromones are mostly produced in the venom gland, while in the subfamily Formicinae, they come from the rectal gland.
Identifiersissn: 1555-9475
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