Friday, March 26, 2004

Apidologie: In their review, R. Scheiner, R.E. Page and J. Erber are interested in the relationships between sensory responses of bees and behavior. They show that differences in the responsiveness of bees on sucrose seem to correlate with different behavioral roles. This seems to support the so called "response threshold model" for explaining the division of labor. Additionally, they explain how the responsiveness of individuals to task-related stimuli seems to cause foraging roles and via this mechanism bee colonies are grouping their individuals into the different task forces.

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