Organization and Plasticity of the Olfactory System of the Honeybee, Apis mellifera

  • Claudine Masson
  • Gérard Arnold


From a neurobiological point of view, the olfactory system of the honeybee is of considerable interest. Many adult behavioral responses, such as olfactory conditioning through food reward, suggest plasticity of the nervous system involved in olfactory processing. It seems likely that adult olfactory plasticity may be dependent on the olfactory history of individuals. Here we have selected recently obtained data which suggest that the olfactory system in the bee is especially suitable for an analysis of neuronal plasticity during post-embryonic development. Both normal development, and the role of epigenetic factors in the stabilization of the synapses are considered with respect to their impact on adult behavior. The organization of the antennal system is described in detail to provide a reference point for the developmental studies.


Olfactory System Mushroom Body Antennal Lobe Olfactory Pathway Postembryonic Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudine Masson
    • 1
  • Gérard Arnold
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Neurobiologie Comparée des InvertebresINRA-CNRS (UA 1190)Bures-sur-YvetteFrance

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