Thursday, 3 August 2006: 1:30 PM-6:00 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
1:30 PMChemical ecology in Termites: from semiochemicals to genetics
Stéphanie Dronnet, Magdalena Kutnik, Anne-Geneviève Bagnères
1:50 PMSynergistic Chemical Attraction of the Eastern Yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Jeffrey R. Aldrich
2:10 PMMurray and the Bluming truth
Hank Fales
2:30 PMA Sweet Spot in Time with Eusocial Invertebrates and Vertebrate Natural Products Chemists
Murray S. Blum
2:50 PMChemical ecology of foraging social wasps (Vespidae): current status and future trends
Hal C. Reed, Peter J. Landolt
3:10 PMRole of semiochemicals in termites
John M. Bland, Ashok K. Raina
3:30 PMBreak
4:00 PMThe chemical ecology of a rare workerless parasite (Formicidae: Myrmicinae: Formicoxenini: Temnothorax minutissimus)
Christine A. Johnson, P. Larry Phelan, Joan M. Herbers
4:20 PMSexual attraction in the obligate slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens: a multidisciplinary approach
Donato A. Grasso, Alessandra Mori, Cristina Castracani, Roberto Visicchio, Vittorio Tamarri, Francesco Le Moli
4:40 PMVariation in alarm pheromone possession and its inducing behavior between age and task cohorts in Camponotus obscuripes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Nao Fujiwara-tsujii, Ryohei Yamaoka
5:00 PMFood-alert and recruitment pheromone in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris
Jose M. Guerra-Sanz, Angeles Mena-Granero, Francisco J. Egea-Gonzalez, Jose L. Martinez-Vidal, Ana Roldan-Serrano, Anna Dornhaus, J. Ghani, Lars Chittka
5:20 PMTrail-following pheromones and phylogeny in termites
David Sillam-Dussès, Alain Robert, Etienne Sémon, Michael Lacey, Christian Bordereau
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