Brood Odor Discrimination Abilities in Hygienic Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) Using Proboscis Extension Reflex Conditioning

@article{Masterman2004BroodOD,
  title={Brood Odor Discrimination Abilities in Hygienic Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) Using Proboscis Extension Reflex Conditioning},
  author={Rebecca Masterman and Brian H. Smith and Marla Spivak},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={87-101}
}
To understand the effect of abnormal brood odors on the initiation or control of hygienic behavior in honey bees, we employed the associative learning paradigm, proboscis extension reflex conditioning. Bees from two genetic lines(hygienic and non-hygienic) were able to discriminate between high concentrations of two floral odors equally well. Differential discrimination abilities were observed between the two lines when healthy and diseased brood odors were used, with the bees from the hygienic… CONTINUE READING