How do bees move across the landscape? And why should we care?

Le 06 Octobre 2023
11h30 Hybrid - online and Salle Louis Thaler, bat 22 UM


Centre de Biologie Intégrative, CNRS  - Toulouse 3 University, France

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More than a century of research on bees, bats and birds shows how nectar foraging involves various types of learning and memories to recognize and choose flowers. Paradoxically however, little is known about how these pollinators discover flowers and navigate between them, sometimes following routes over several kilometers. Here I will describe experiments and computational models designed to explore the cognitive mechanisms supporting efficient navigation, foraging and competition by tiny brained bees. These new insights in the cognitive ecology of bees may help protect pollinators and improve agricultural practices in the context of looming pollination crisis.


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Louise Riotte-Lambert (UMR CEFE)