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Reduced ability of ethanol drinkers for social communication in honeybees (Apis mellifera carnica Poll.).

Abstract

Foraging behavior was evaluated in honeybees trained to fly to a feeder containing sucrose only, 1% ethanol, 5% ethanol, or 10% ethanol. The results indicated that exposure to ethanol disrupted several types of honeybee social behavior within the hive. Consumption of ethanol at the feeding site reduced waggle dance activity in foraging bees and increased occurrence of tremble dance, food exchange, and self-cleaning behavior. These ethanol-induced changes in behavior may reflect effects on the central nervous system similar to the previously observed effects of food poisoning with sublethal doses of insecticides.

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    Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. janko.bozic@bf.uni-lj.si

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    Source

    Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.) 38:3 2006 Apr pg 179-83

    MeSH

    Alcohol Drinking
    Animal Communication
    Animals
    Bees
    Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
    Feeding Behavior
    Grooming
    Social Behavior

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16905444

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Reduced ability of ethanol drinkers for social communication in honeybees (Apis mellifera carnica Poll.). AU - Bozic,Janko, AU - Abramson,Charles I, AU - Bedencic,Mateja, Y1 - 2006/07/26/ PY - 2005/4/30/received PY - 2005/10/17/revised PY - 2006/1/27/accepted PY - 2006/7/26/aheadofprint PY - 2006/8/15/pubmed PY - 2006/9/29/medline PY - 2006/8/15/entrez SP - 179 EP - 83 JF - Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.) JO - Alcohol VL - 38 IS - 3 N2 - Foraging behavior was evaluated in honeybees trained to fly to a feeder containing sucrose only, 1% ethanol, 5% ethanol, or 10% ethanol. The results indicated that exposure to ethanol disrupted several types of honeybee social behavior within the hive. Consumption of ethanol at the feeding site reduced waggle dance activity in foraging bees and increased occurrence of tremble dance, food exchange, and self-cleaning behavior. These ethanol-induced changes in behavior may reflect effects on the central nervous system similar to the previously observed effects of food poisoning with sublethal doses of insecticides. SN - 0741-8329 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16905444/full_citation/Reduced_ability_of_ethanol_drinkers_for_social_communication_in_honeybees__Apis_mellifera_carnica_Poll_ L2 - http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0741-8329(06)00101-7 ER -