Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/1/2002
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Citation: Blomquist, G.J., Howard, R.W. 2004. Pheromone biosynthesis in social insects.In: Insect Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pp. 323-340. Book Chapter.Blomquist, G.J. and R Vogt (editors). Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Social insects produce and use a very large number of organic molecules as pheromones to communicate both intra- and interspecifically, and to regulate their social interactions. This review provides an overview of the chemical nature of these compounds and where they are made in the insects, and then provides a detailed discussion of what is known of the biosynthesis of some of these compounds, particularly hydrocarbons and the queen mandibular pheromones of honeybees.