Team finds gene that helps honey bees find flowers and get back home
by Diana Yates for Illinois News
Champaign IL (SPX) May 30, 2013
Honey bees don't start out knowing how to find flowers or even how to get around outside the hive. Before they can forage, they must learn how to navigate a changing landscape and orient themselves in relation to the sun.
In a new study, researchers report that a regulatory gene known to be involved in learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates also kicks into high gear in the brains of honey bees when they are learning how to find food and bring it home. [Read more] ...