Experimental control of the effect of extra doses of juvenile hormone on bee development: The case of the wax glands of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

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2001-12-01

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Experiments on the effect of topical application of the synthetic juvenile hormone (JH-III) and of the solvent used to dissolve the hormone on the development of the wax glands of workers of Apis mellifera, were made. The results show that it was impossible to determine the effect of the juvenile hormone (JH) apart from its solvent (acetone), which also alters the developmental pattern of the gland. Most of the experiments reported in scientific literature do not consider the effect of the solvent, analyzing the results by only comparing the treatment with the hormone plus solvent to a control without any treatment. The data presented suggests that this kind of procedure compromises the evaluation of the real JH effect.

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Sociobiology, v. 38, n. 3 A, p. 513-521, 2001.

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