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Honeybees become workers or queens depending on the plant microRNAs in their diet [Phys]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Bee larvae develop into workers, in part, because their diet of pollen and honey, called beebread, is rich in plant regulatory molecules called microRNAs, which delay development and keep their ovaries inactive. Xi Chen of Nanjing University in China and colleagues, report these August 31, 2017 in PLOS Genetics.

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