Thursday, 3 August 2006: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Diplomat (Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Symposium 16: Social Insect Semiochemicals: a Symposium in honor of Murray Blum
Semiochemicals shape almost every facet of social insects life in that they mediate both cooperation and conflict. Indeed, social insects exhibit a dazzling array of pheromones, both in function and chemistry. Over the past 40+ years they have provided natural product chemists on the one hand and animal behaviorists on the other with continuous challenges. Murray Blum was undoubtedly a pioneer in pheromone research in the social insects, exposing students of social insects to the marvels of social insect chemical ecology. The wealth and diversity of talks in this symposium attest to the diversity of chemical structures and behavior mediated by social insects’ semiochemicals.
Organizers:Robert K. Vander Meer
Abraham Hefetz
10:00 AMThe Influence of a Primer Pheromone on Biogenic Amines and Nestmate Recognition in the Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta
Robert K. Vander Meer
10:20 AMThe multifaceted role of cuticular hydrocarbons in social insects
Abraham Hefetz
10:40 AMEvolving relationships: intraspecific parasitism in social insects
Robin M. Crewe, Peter Neumann, Robin F. A. Moritz
11:00 AMThe Venom Chemistry of the Ant Myrmicaria melanogaster Emery from Brunei
T.H. Jones, H.L. Voegtle, H. M. Miras, R. G. Weatherford, T.F. Spande, H.M. Garraffo, J.W. Daly, Diane W. Davidson, R.R. Snelling
11:20 AMNestmate recruitment and prey retrieval in the ant Amblyopone reclinata
Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Benoit Thys, Bruno Gobin
11:40 AMAfrican giant stink ants are good chemists, but their bacterial symbionts are better
Justin O. Schmidt, Eric Schoeters
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