Sensory Systems: Commentary

  • Randolf Menzel


Sensory physiology in general has gained enormously from studies in honeybees during the last century. New senses were discovered in bees (e.g. polarized light, UV and magnetic sensitivity), and well designed experiments fostered by the traditions developed in Karl von Frisch’s lab opened avenues into quantitative studies of perception. The key to this success was and still is the potential to train bees to respond to stimuli of different sensory modalities in such an efficient way hardly met by any other animal. The rich knowledge about senses in bees allows now to search for their neural correlates at all levels of integration.


Color Vision Mushroom Body Antennal Lobe Color Discrimination Kenyon Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Biologie, NeurobiologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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