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Volume 35, Number 2, March-April 2004
Information flow and group decision making in social bees
Page(s) 217 - 226
Apidologie 35 (2004) 217-226
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2004009

Cued in: honey bee pheromones as information flow and collective decision-making

Tanya Pankiw

Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77845-2475, USA
(Received 28 July 2003; revised 20 November 2003; accepted 15 January 2004)

Abstract - Recent studies using diverse disciplines ranging from classical behavioral assays to quantitative trait locus mapping, have revealed that chemical communication in honey bees is generally complex. Pheromones that are blends of multiple components are the rule rather than the exception. Subsets of multiple component blends regulate common and different systems. Reviewed are recent studies in pheromone regulation of colony defense, foraging ontogeny, and retinue behavior. Honey bee chemical communication is discussed as an emergent property of a complex system with dynamic properties calling for a complex systems approach of analysis.

Key words: Apis mellifera / pheromone / chemical communication / social regulation / emergent property / complex system

Corresponding author: Tanya Pankiw

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