Pheromonal control: reconciling physiological mechanism with signalling theory
Marianne Peso, Mark A Elgar, Andrew B Barron
Biological Reviews | WILEY | Published : 2015
Pheromones are intraspecific chemical signals. They can have profound effects on the behaviour and/or physiology of the receiver, and it is still common to hear pheromones described as controlling of the behaviour of the receiver. The discussion of pheromonal control arose initially from a close association between hormones and pheromones in the comparative physiological literature, but the concept of a controlling pheromone is at odds with contemporary signal evolution theory, which predicts that a manipulative pheromonal signal negatively affecting the receiver's fitness should not be stable over evolutionary time. Here we discuss the meaning of pheromonal control, and the ecological circu..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
We thank Luke Holman and anonymous referees for their thoughtful comments, and the Australian Research Council (DP0987360 and DP120100162 to M.A.E.) and Macquarie University (IMQRES scholarship to M.P.) for their financial support.