Published: Dec. 1, 2006
Event Description:

Mike Breed, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder

Nestmate recognition and perceptual dimensions in honey bees

Honey bees discriminate nestmates from non-nestmates using pheromonal signals. Bees must be able to generate enough unique signals to differentiate colonies within a population. In this talk I discuss how pheromonal diversity might be achieved, and how the limitations of using odors as a signal affect the communicatory system. In particular, they must overcome the effects of dilution and evaporation on odors. I develop simple models that predict the number of pheromonal compounds needed to accomplish nestmate recognition. These models can be applied more broadly in social systems in which individual or group recognition is important.

Location Information:
Main Campus - Engineering Classroom Wing  (View Map)
1111 Engineering DR 
Boulder, CO 
Room: 265
Contact Information:
Name: Ian Cunningham
Phone: 303-492-4668