Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees

Nouvian, Morgane, Hotier, Lucie, Claudianos, Charles, Giurfa, Martin and Reinhard, Judith (2015) Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees. Nature Communications, 6 10247: . doi:10.1038/ncomms10247

Author Nouvian, Morgane
Hotier, Lucie
Claudianos, Charles
Giurfa, Martin
Reinhard, Judith
Title Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees
Journal name Nature Communications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1723
Publication date 2015-12-22
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/ncomms10247
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 10247
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 1600 Chemistry
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
3100 Physics and Astronomy
Abstract Honeybees defend their colonies aggressively against intruders and release a potent alarm pheromone to recruit nestmates into defensive tasks. The effect of floral odours on this behaviour has never been studied, despite the relevance of these olfactory cues for the biology of bees. Here we use a novel assay to investigate social and olfactory cues that drive defensive behaviour in bees. We show that social interactions are necessary to reveal the recruiting function of the alarm pheromone and that specific floral odours—linalool and 2-phenylethanol—have the surprising capacity to block recruitment by the alarm pheromone. This effect is not due to an olfactory masking of the pheromone by the floral odours, but correlates with their appetitive value. In addition to their potential applications, these findings provide new insights about how honeybees make the decision to engage into defence and how conflicting information affects this process.
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