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Octopamine modulates honey bee dance behavior

Barron, Andrew; Maleszka, Ryszard; Vander Meer, Robert K; Robinson, Gene E


Honey bees communicate the location and desirability of valuable forage sites to their nestmates through an elaborate, symbolic "dance language." The dance language is a uniquely complex communication system in invertebrates, and the neural mechanisms that generate dances are largely unknown. Here we show that treatments with controlled doses of the biogenic amine neuromodulator octopamine selectively increased the reporting of resource value in dances by forager bees. Oral and topical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0610506104


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