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Linking routes to odours

Since von Frisch, we have known that bees can associate the location and odour of a food source – such that when the odour is released into the hive, foragers are motivated to leave the nest and fly to the feeder location. Here, Czaczkes et al. demonstrate that Lasius niger are also capable of associating an odour with the navigational memories required to reach the food of that odour. This kind of demonstration offers an interesting insight into the way that multi-modal spatial memories are organised in insect brains.

Czaczkes, T. J., Schlosser, L., Heinze, J., & Witte, V. (2014). Ants use directionless odour cues to recall odour-associated locations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1-8.

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