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Breed, Michael D Professor


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  • How do members of a social group identify other members of the same group? This question is a core issue in understanding social behavior. In social insects group membership is usually identified by odor. Nestmate discrimination is expressed by guards a colony entrances, and potential intruders are forcibly excluded. My laboratory has focused on the chemical cues used by honeybees in making these discriminations. One interesting finding is that fatty acids play a key role in honeybees nestmate recognition, and that bees within a colony derive their recognition signal from fatty acids in comb wax. How do honeybee workers get matched with tasks in their colony? Our studies have shown that these tasks are performed by middle-aged bees. By placing these activities within the larger framework of colony activities, we can develop an understanding of how honeybe


  • Behavior and ecology of social insects


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courses taught

  • EBIO 3010 - Teaching Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching of specific lecture or laboratory section in EBIO under direct faculty supervision. Students must first make arrangements with the appropriate faculty member and turn in a form to the EBIO office. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.


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