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The effects of rearing temperature on developmental stability and learning and memory in the honey bee, Apis mellifera.
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PMID:  16049697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Honey bee workers maintain the brood nest of their colony within a narrow temperature range of 34.5+/-1.5 degrees C, implying that there are significant fitness costs if brood is reared outside the normal range. However, the effects of abnormal incubation temperatures are subtle and not well documented. Here we show that short-term learning and memory abilities of adult workers are affected by the temperature they experienced during pupal development. In contrast, long-term learning and memory is not significantly affected by rearing temperature. Furthermore, we could detect no effects of incubation temperature on fluctuating asymmetry, as a measure of developmental stability, in workers, queens or drones. We conclude that the most important consequence of abnormal rearing temperatures are subtle neural deficiencies affecting short-term memory rather than physical abnormalities.
Julia C Jones; Paul Helliwell; Madeleine Beekman; Ryszard Maleszka; Benjamin P Oldroyd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-07-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative physiology. A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology     Volume:  191     ISSN:  0340-7594     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Comp. Physiol. A Neuroethol. Sens. Neural. Behav. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-25     Completed Date:  2006-01-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101141792     Medline TA:  J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1121-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Macleay Building A12, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Bees / physiology*
Behavior, Animal / physiology*
Brain / physiology
Learning / physiology*
Memory, Short-Term / physiology*

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