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Journal Club Article for August 27, 2021

This Fri­day, August 27th , 2021, from 12–1pm, we will dis­cuss the linked arti­cle at our next week­ly Jour­nal Club meet­ing. The arti­cle is titled “Hon­ey bee for­ag­ing dis­tance depends on month and for­age type”, and will be pre­sent­ed by STEM Research intern Kehinde Agbeleye.

Abstract: To inves­ti­gate the dis­tances at which hon­ey bee for­agers col­lect nec­tar and pollen, we analysed 5,484 decod­ed wag­gle dances made to nat­ur­al for­age sites to deter­mine month­ly for­ag­ing dis­tance for each for­age type. First­ly, we found sig­nif­i­cant­ly few­er over­all dances made for pollen (16.8 %) than for non-pollen, pre­sum­ably nec­tar (83.2 %; P < 2.2 × 10–23). When we analysed dis­tance against month and for­age type, there was a sig­nif­i­cant inter­ac­tion between the two fac­tors, which demon­strates that in some months, one for­age type is col­lect­ed at far­ther dis­tances, but this would reverse in oth­er months. Over­all, these data sug­gest that dis­tance, as a proxy for for­age avail­abil­i­ty, is not sig­nif­i­cant­ly and con­sis­tent­ly dri­ven by need for one type of for­age over the other.

Meet­ing ID: 549 554 5262

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Pho­to by Kai Wen­zel on Unsplash

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