Larval isolation and brood care in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants
J. F. S. Lopes, W. O. H. Hughes, R. S. Camargo and L. C. FortiReceived 8 November 2004; revised 31 March 2005; accepted 22 April 2005.
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Although caste destiny may be influenced
by genotype (Hughes et al., 2003), it is almost certainly also
dependent upon environmental factors. These include the
temperature larvae are reared at and the food they receive,
both of which are under the control of adult workers (Weber,
1972; Bollazi and Roces, 2002).