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Cross-modal interaction between visual and olfactory learning in Apis cerana

Zhang, Li-Zhen; Zhang, Shao Wu; Wang, Zi-Long; Yan, Wei-Yu; Zeng, Zhi-Jiang

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The power of the small honeybee brain carrying out behavioral and cognitive tasks has been shown repeatedly to be highly impressive. The present study investigates, for the first time, the cross-modal interaction between visual and olfactory learning in Apis cerana. To explore the role and molecular mechanisms of cross-modal learning in A. cerana, the honeybees were trained and tested in a modified Y-maze with seven visual and five olfactory stimulus, where a robust visual threshold for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorZhang, Li-Zhen
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Shao Wu
dc.contributor.authorWang, Zi-Long
dc.contributor.authorYan, Wei-Yu
dc.contributor.authorZeng, Zhi-Jiang
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:36:20Z
dc.identifier.issn0340-7594
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/56640
dc.description.abstractThe power of the small honeybee brain carrying out behavioral and cognitive tasks has been shown repeatedly to be highly impressive. The present study investigates, for the first time, the cross-modal interaction between visual and olfactory learning in Apis cerana. To explore the role and molecular mechanisms of cross-modal learning in A. cerana, the honeybees were trained and tested in a modified Y-maze with seven visual and five olfactory stimulus, where a robust visual threshold for black/white grating (period of 2.8°–3.8°) and relatively olfactory threshold (concentration of 50–25 %) was obtained. Meanwhile, the expression levels of five genes (AcCREB, Acdop1, Acdop2, Acdop3, Actyr1) related to learning and memory were analyzed under different training conditions by real-time RT-PCR. The experimental results indicate that A. cerana could exhibit cross-modal interactions between visual and olfactory learning by reducing the threshold level of the conditioning stimuli, and that these genes may play important roles in the learning process of honeybees.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceJournal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
dc.titleCross-modal interaction between visual and olfactory learning in Apis cerana
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume200
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor070700 - VETERINARY SCIENCES
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB370
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationZhang, Li-Zhen, Jiangxi Agricultural University
local.contributor.affiliationZhang, Shao Wu, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWang, Zi-Long, Jiangxi Agricultural University
local.contributor.affiliationYan, Wei-Yu, Jiangxi Agricultural University
local.contributor.affiliationZeng, Zhi-Jiang, Jiangxi Agricultural University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue10
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage899
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage909
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s00359-014-0934-y
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T10:34:58Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84919909631
local.identifier.thomsonID000342468400006
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