A novel assay to evaluate olfactory modulation of honeybee aggression

van der Burg, Nicole M. D., Lavidis, Nicholas, Claudianos, Charles and Reinhard, Judith (2014) A novel assay to evaluate olfactory modulation of honeybee aggression. Apidologie, 45 4: 478-490. doi:10.1007/s13592-013-0263-0

Author van der Burg, Nicole M. D.
Lavidis, Nicholas
Claudianos, Charles
Reinhard, Judith
Title A novel assay to evaluate olfactory modulation of honeybee aggression
Journal name Apidologie   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1297-9678
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13592-013-0263-0
Open Access Status
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 478
End page 490
Total pages 13
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher Springer-Verlag France
Language eng
Abstract Numerous assays exist to measure aggressive behaviour in honeybees, most of them using free-flying bees under natural conditions, with results often variable due to environmental factors. Our study describes a novel, laboratory-based Petri dish assay that uses a moving target treated with the alarm pheromone component isoamyl acetate (IAA). In this assay, aggression levels can be measured in individual bees via recording specific behaviours associated with the different stages of aggression. We used this new assay to investigate the modulating effect of the plant odours lavender and Praescent on aggression in bees, as these odours are reported to have a "calming" effect on animals. Both short-term (5 min) and long-term (48 h) exposure to lavender and Praescent attenuated aggression, even in the presence of the moving target and IAA. Plant odours may thus be an effective treatment for reducing aggressive behaviour in bees.
Keyword Behaviour
Honeybee aggression
Plant odours
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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