From antenna to antenna: lateral shift of olfactory memory recall by honeybees

Rogers, Lesley J. and Vallortigara, Giorgio (2008) From antenna to antenna: lateral shift of olfactory memory recall by honeybees. PLoS One, 3 6: e2340.1-e2340.5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002340

Author Rogers, Lesley J.
Vallortigara, Giorgio
Title From antenna to antenna: lateral shift of olfactory memory recall by honeybees
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0002340
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Issue 6
Start page e2340.1
End page e2340.5
Total pages 6
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Honeybees, Apis mellifera, readily learn to associate odours with sugar rewards and we show here that recall of the olfactory memory, as demonstrated by the bee extending its proboscis when presented with the trained odour, involves first the right and then the left antenna. At 1-2 hour after training using both antennae, recall is possible mainly when the bee uses its right antenna but by 6 hours after training a lateral shift has occurred and the memory can now be recalled mainly when the left antenna is in use. Long-term memory one day after training is also accessed mainly via the left antenna. This time-dependent shift from right to left antenna is also seen as side biases in responding to odour presented to the bee's left or right side. Hence, not only are the cellular events of memory formation similar in bees and vertebrate species but also the lateralized networks involved may be similar. These findings therefore seem to call for remarkable parallel evolution and suggest that the proper functioning of memory formation in a bilateral animal, either vertebrate or invertebrate, requires lateralization of processing.
Keyword Apis mellifera
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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