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What brain changes correlate with the start of foraging in ants?

Stieb et al have investigated how the mushroom bodies of foragers differ from the younger workers still in the nest. They conclude that the brain changes are a consequence of the change in visual environment rather than a direct correlation with age. Understanding how the mushroom bodies change, as new foragers start to learn about visual landmarks for navigation, might give us some clues about how these highly visual navigators encode and learn visual information for spatial behaviour.

SM Stieb, TS Muenz, R Wehner, W Rössler (2010) Visual experience and age affect synaptic organization in the mushroom bodies of the desert ant Cataglyphis fortis. Developmental Neurobiology. 70, 408–423

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