Note to users. If you're seeing this message, it means that your browser cannot find this page's style/presentation instructions -- or possibly that you are using a browser that does not support current Web standards. Find out more about why this message is appearing, and what you can do to make your experience of our site the best it can be.


Sci. STKE, 12 July 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 292, p. tw261
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2922005tw261]

EDITORS' CHOICE

PHEROMONES Sensing Friend or Foe

Ants secrete and recognize specific blends of hydrocarbons in the cuticle, which enables them to display aggressive behavior toward non-nestmates. This identification process is thought to occur at a higher neural level. Ozaki et al. have found chemosensory sensilla in the ant antenna that respond to cuticle hydrocarbon blends from non-nestmates and have identified a protein that may carry the compounds to sensory receptors in the sensilla. This finding suggests that chemical information is also processed peripherally.

M. Ozaki, A. Wada-Katsumata, K. Fujikawa, M. Iwasaki, F. Yokohari, Y. Satoji, T. Nisimura, R. Yamaoka, Ant nestmate and non-nestmate discrimination by a chemosensory sensillum. Science 309, 311-314 (2005). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: Sensing Friend or Foe. Sci. STKE 2005, tw261 (2005).


To Advertise     Find Products


Science Signaling. ISSN 1937-9145 (online), 1945-0877 (print). Pre-2008: Science's STKE. ISSN 1525-8882