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. 2018 Aug;28:13-18.
doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.04.001. Epub 2018 Apr 7.

Juvenile Hormone and Parental Care in Subsocial Insects: Implications for the Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Evolution of Sociality

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Juvenile Hormone and Parental Care in Subsocial Insects: Implications for the Role of Juvenile Hormone in the Evolution of Sociality

Stephen T Trumbo. Curr Opin Insect Sci. .

Abstract

Juvenile hormone (JH) has both gonadotropic and non-gonadotropic roles in eusocial insects. There is controversy over whether the non-gonadotropic role is novel, related specifically to social evolution, or is a second conserved role. Study of subsocial insects suggests that when JH is non-gonadotropic, the specific associations of high JH, low vitellogenin, suppressed ovarian development and elevated metabolism may parallel those in workers of eusocial insects. This suggests that a more fundamental understanding of JH in insect biology is required.

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