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Apidologie

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 478–490

First Online: 10 January 2014Received: 21 July 2013Revised: 02 November 2013Accepted: 11 December 2013DOI: 10.1007-s13592-013-0263-0

Cite this article as: van der Burg, N.M.D., Lavidis, N., Claudianos, C. et al. Apidologie 2014 45: 478. doi:10.1007-s13592-013-0263-0

Abstract

Numerous assays exist to measure aggressive behaviour in honeybees, most of them using free-flying bees under natural conditions, with results often variable due to environmental factors. Our study describes a novel, laboratory-based Petri dish assay that uses a moving target treated with the alarm pheromone component isoamyl acetate IAA. In this assay, aggression levels can be measured in individual bees via recording specific behaviours associated with the different stages of aggression. We used this new assay to investigate the modulating effect of the plant odours lavender and Praescent on aggression in bees, as these odours are reported to have a -calming- effect on animals. Both short-term 5 min and long-term 48 h exposure to lavender and Praescent attenuated aggression, even in the presence of the moving target and IAA. Plant odours may thus be an effective treatment for reducing aggressive behaviour in bees.

Keywordshoneybee aggression IAA olfaction behaviour plant odours Manuscript editor: Bernd Grünewald

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Author: Nicole M. D. van der Burg - Nicholas Lavidis - Charles Claudianos - Judith Reinhard

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