Effect of age, behaviour and social environment on honey bee brain plasticity

@article{Maleszka2009EffectOA,
  title={Effect of age, behaviour and social environment on honey bee brain plasticity},
  author={Joanna Maleszka and Andrew B Barron and Paul G. Helliwell and Ryszard Maleszka},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2009},
  volume={195},
  pages={733-740}
}
We examined the effects of behaviour, age and social environment on mushroom body volume in adult bees. The mushroom bodies are regions of the central brain important for sensory integration and learning. Their volume was influenced by behaviour throughout life: always larger in forager bees than age-matched nurse bees, even in old bees up to 93 days of age as adults. Mushroom body development was influenced by the social environment in the first 8 days of adult life, with different… CONTINUE READING
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