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The effects of rearing temperature on developmental stability and learning and memory in the honey bee, Apis mellifera

Jones, Julia C; Helliwell, Paul; Beekman, Madeleine; Maleszka, Ryszard; Oldroyd, Benjamin P


Honey bee workers maintain the brood nest of their colony within a narrow temperature range of 34.5+/-1.5 degrees C, implying that there are significant fitness costs if brood is reared outside the normal range. However, the effects of abnormal incubation temperatures are subtle and not well documented. Here we show that short-term learning and memory abilities of adult workers are affected by the temperature they experienced during pupal development. In contrast, long-term learning and memory...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology


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