Faculty Advisor

Srinivasan, Jagan

Abstract

The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans uses pheromones as a primary means of communication. One pheromone is ascaroside #8 (ascr#8), which is secreted by hermaphrodites to attract males. Since pheromones can be effective in closely related species, I performed behavioral assays to investigate whether an attractive response to ascr#8 would be seen in the other two hermaphroditic species in the Caenorhabditis genus, C. tropicalis and C. briggsae. My data shows differences in the levels of attraction to ascr#8 among the three species, implying that the response is unique to C. elegans.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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