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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