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- Differentiation of the worker's ovary in Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera, Apidae) during life of the larvae
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- The aim of the present study is to characterize the way worker and queen ovaries differentiate in, Apis mellifera, a species with trophic determination of female castes. A morphological study carried out with light and transmission electron microscopy showed that the differences in ovary development between the two castes begin as soon as the differential nursing of larvae is initiated. The decrease in ovariole number in worker ovaries is due to a process of cell death occurring in germinative cells and autophagic regression of somatic cells in the ovarioles that commence in the third instar larvae and proceed until the fifth instar where the process is more intense. Germinative cell death leads to ovariole disintegration and incorporation of the remaining somatic cells of the latter into the stromatic cells in such a way that the total volume of the ovary is little affected during larval development, although the ovariole number decreases. By the end of the larval stage, loss of cells is observed among the stromatic cells of the ovary. As a result, the ovary starts to decrease in volume and takes on the adult form.
- Invertebrate Reproduction & Development. Rehovot: Int Science Services/balaban Publishers, v. 39, n. 2, p. 127-134, 2001.
- Int Science Services/balaban Publishers
- cell death
- ovariole number
- Acesso restrito
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