Fabian A. Ruedenauer

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In view of the ongoing pollinator decline, the role of nutrition in bee health has received increasing attention. Bees obtain fat, carbohydrates and protein from pollen and nectar. As both excessive and deficient amounts of these macronutrients are detrimental, bees would benefit from assessing food quality to guarantee an optimal nutrient supply. While(More)
Nutritional deficits may be one factor contributing to the ongoing decline of wild and managed bees. As a consequence, interest in understanding the effect of floral resource availability on nutritional intake - and subsequently bee health and performance - has increased. However, the proximate mechanisms underlying bee foraging choices are still poorly(More)
When tasting food, animals rely on chemical and tactile cues, which determine the animal's decision on whether to eat food. As food nutritional composition has enormous consequences for the survival of animals, food items should generally be tasted before they are eaten or collected for later consumption. Even though recent studies have confirmed the(More)
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