Sucrose responsiveness, learning success, and task specialization in ants.

  title={Sucrose responsiveness, learning success, and task specialization in ants.},
  author={Margot Perez and Uther Rolland and Martin Giurfa and Patrizia d'Ettorre},
  journal={Learning & memory},
  volume={20 8},
Social insects possess remarkable learning capabilities, which are crucial for their ecological success. They also exhibit interindividual differences in responsiveness to environmental stimuli, which underlie task specialization and division of labor. Here we investigated for the first time the relationships between sucrose responsiveness, behavioral specialization, and appetitive olfactory learning in ants, including reproductive castes. We show that castes of the ant Camponotus aethiops… CONTINUE READING
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