Insect Navigation: Priming of Visual Route Memories

Harris, Robert A, Hempel De Ibarra, Natalie, Graham, Paul and Collett, Thomas S (2005) Insect Navigation: Priming of Visual Route Memories. Nature, 438. p. 302. ISSN 0028-0836

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Ants travelling to and fro between their nest and a foraging area may follow stereotyped foodward and homeward routes that are guided by different visual and directional memory sequences. Honeybees are known to fly a feeder-to-hive or hive-to-feeder vector according to whether or not they have recently fed - their feeding state controls which compass direction they select. We show here that the feeding state of the wood ant Formica rufa also determines the choice between an outward or inward journey, but by priming the selective retrieval of visual landmark memories.

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Depositing User: Natalie Hempel De Ibarra
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 10:03
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