Molecular Determinants of Scouting Behavior in Honey Bees

There is novelty-seeking behavior, across different contexts, among honey bees in their tendency to scout for food sources and nest sites.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Gene Robinson and colleagues have published "Molecular Determinants of Scouting Behavior in Honey Bees" in Science.

From the abstract: "Little is known about the molecular basis of differences in behavior among individuals. Here we report consistent novelty-seeking behavior, across different contexts, among honey bees in their tendency to scout for food sources and nest sites, and we reveal some of the molecular underpinnings of this behavior relative to foragers that do not scout."

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March 14, 2012 All News