Sensitivity to a change in reward is heritable in the honeybee, <ce:italic>Apis mellifera</ce:italic>

@article{Ferguson2001SensitivityTA,
  title={Sensitivity to a change in reward is heritable in the honeybee, <ce:italic>Apis mellifera</ce:italic>},
  author={Holly Ferguson and Susan W. Cobey and Brian H. Smith},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2001},
  volume={61},
  pages={527-534}
}
Honeybees must track changing distributions of food resources in their environment. We evaluated the genetic basis for interindividual differences in this ability by selecting lines of honeybees that differed in their tendency to reverse a learned discrimination between two odours. We show that individual variation in reversal learning performance, which is an analogue of natural foraging problems such as risk sensitivity, has a heritable component. Selection on drones, which are haploid, was… CONTINUE READING
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