"Nature": No single protein determines queen development in honeybees
Halle (Saale). The proteins in the larval food of honeybees are not specific determinators to make the larvae grow into queens – that includes the protein royalactin, which had been previously claimed to be the "queen determinator" in a highly regarded study in 2011. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and published in the internationally renowned journal "Nature". iDiv member Prof Robin F. A. Moritz was also involved in this study.
Photo: Stephan Härtel, MLU
Read more in the press release of the MLU: http://pressemitteilungen.pr.uni-halle.de/index.php?modus=pmanzeige&pm_id=2628Publication
A. Buttstedt, C. H. Ihling, M. Pietzsch & R. F. A. Moritz. "Royalactin is not a royal making of a queen", Nature
537 (2016) DOI: 10.1038/nature19349