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Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior

A Tribute to Randolf Menzel

Galizia, Giovanni, Eisenhardt, Dorothea, Giurfa, Martin (Eds.)

2012, XII, 512 p.

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  • Comprehensive coverage of neuroscience and behavior in an insect species
  • Book includes open questions and visions for future research, with commentaries
  • Collection of the world leaders in honeybee research

Honey bees are arguably among the most complex insects on earth, both in terms of their individual behavior, and of the social organization of their societies. Furthermore, they are among the best studied insects, and have fascinated human thought since the antiquity.

In 1987 R. Menzel and A. Mercer edited a comprehensive book on neurobiology and behavior of honey bees, which was for many years the reference for scholars at large. However, in the last 25 years, research has made tremendous progress: Molecular biology and the sequencing of the genome have helped to link

molecular and neural architectures underlying behavior. Optophysiological imaging technology and multielectrode electrophysiology allowed for simultaneous recording of many neurons to study functional principles of neural networks in the bee brain. New experimental paradigms revealed amazing cognitive sophistication, showing that the bee is capable of solving problems that have been so far considered the prerrogative of vertebrates. The development of new Doppler-radar technologies has allowed to track freely flying bees over considerable distances, thus introducing new vistas in the study of bee navigation and spatial representation in the insect brain. This book covers these and other topics providing a state-of-the-art vision of honey bee biology. The most renowned specialists converge here to illustrate that the honey bee is by now an established model system for neuroscience and behavior, and to provide an inspiring outlook toward the future, including commentaries to each section that are intended as seeds for further research.

The sections social organization, communication and navigation, brain anatomy and physiology, sensory systems, genetics and molecular biology and learning and memory create both a reference work and a textbook not only for those interested in honey bees but also for entomologists at large, and for those which, in different species, try to unravel the links between neurosciences and behavior.

 

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Animal Behavior - Animal physiology - Honeybees, Apis mellifera - Neurobilogy, Neuroscience - Social insects

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Behavioral Sciences - Entomology - Life Sciences - Neuroscience

Table of contents 

Preface.- Section 1. Mechanisms of social organization.- 1.1. The spirit of the hive and how a superorganism evolves. Author: Rob E. Page.- 1.2. Vitellogenin in honey bee behavior and lifespan. Authors: Gro V. Amdam, Erin Fennern, Heli Havukainen.- 1.3. Circadian rhythms and sleep in honey bees. Authors: Ada Eban-Rothschild and Guy Bloch.- 1.4. Mechanisms of social organization: commentary.- Author: Randolf Menzel.- Section 2. Communication and navigation.- 2.1. Foraging honey bees: how foragers determine and transmit information about feeding site locations.- Author: Harald Esch.- 2.2. How do honey bees obtain information about direction by following dances?.- Author: Axel Michelsen - 2.3. Progress in understanding how the waggle dance improves the foraging efficiency of honey bee colonies.- Author: Thomas D. Seeley - 2.4. Olfactory information transfer during recruitment in honey bees. Authors: Walter M. Farina, Christoph Grüter and Andrés Arenas.- 2.5. Navigation and communication in honey bees. Authors: Randolf Menzel et al., and Uwe Greggers.- 2.6. Communication and navigation: commentary. Author: Randolf Menzel.- Section 3. Brain anatomy and physiology.- 3.1. The digital honey bee brain atlas. Author: Jürgen Rybak.- 3.2. Plasticity of synaptic microcircuits in the mushroom-body calyx of the honey bee. Authors: Wolfgang Rössler and Claudia Groh.- 3.3. Neurotransmitter systems in the honey bee brain: functions in learning and memory. Authors: Monique Gauthier and Bernd Grünewald.- 3.4. Glutamate neurotransmission in the honey bee central nervous system. Author: Gérard Leboulle.- 3.5. Cellular physiology of the honey bee brain. Author: Bernd Grünewald.- 3.6. Dopamine signalling in the bee. Authors: Julie A. Mustard et. al, and Alison R. Mercer.- 3.7. Neuropeptides in honey bees. Authors: Giovanni Galizia and Sabine Kreissl.- 3.8. Brain anatomy and physiology: commentary. Author: Randolf Menzel.- Section 4. Sensory systems.- 4.1. Olfaction in honey bees: from molecules to behavior. Author: Jean-Christophe Sandoz.- 4.2. Taste perception in honey bees. Author: Maria Gabriela de Brito Sanchez.- 4.3. The auditory system of the honey bee. Authors: Hiroyuki Ai and Tsunao Itoh.- 4.4. Honey bee vision in relation to flower patterns. Authors: Misha Vorobyev and Natalie Hempel de Ibarra.- 4.5. Psychophysics of honey bee color processing in complex environments. Author: Adrian G. Dyer.- 4.6. Sensory systems: commentary. Author: Randolf Menzel.- Section 5. Genetics and molecular biology.- 5.1. Neurogenomic and neurochemical dissection of honey bee dance communication. Authors: Andrew B. Barron et al., and Gene E. Robinson.- 5.2. Neuroanatomical dissection of the honey bee brain based on temporal and regional gene expression patterns. Author: Takeo Kubo.- 5.3. Extinction learning in honey bees. Authors: Judith Reinhard and Charles Claudianos.- 5.4. Elucidating the path from genotype to behaviour in honey bees: insights from epigenomics?. Author: Ryszard Maleszka.- 5.5. Genetics and molecular biology: commentary. Author: Randolf Menzel.- Section 6. Learning and memory.- 6.1. Distributed plasticity for olfactory learning and memory in the honey bee brain. Brian H. Smith et al., and Irina Sinakevitch.- 6.2. The molecular biology of learning and memory - memory phases and signaling cascades. Author: Uli Müller.- 6.3. Conflicting memories in honey bees. Author: Dorothea Eisenhardt.- 6.4. Tactile antennal learning in the honey bee. Author: Joachim Erber.- 6.5. Testing mathematical laws of behavior in the honey bee. Author: Ken Cheng .- 6.6. Visual cognition in honey bees: from elemental visual learning to non-elemental problem solving. Author: Martin Giurfa.- 6.7. Learning and memory: commentary. Author: Randolf Menzel.

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