Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone
Wen, Ping1; Cheng, Yanan1,4; Qu, Yufeng1; Zhang, Hongxia2; Li, Jianjun1; Bell, Heather3; Tan, Ken1; Nieh, James3
2017-07-27
Source PublicationSCIENTIFIC REPORTS
ISSN2045-2322
Volume7Pages:6721
AbstractWhile foraging, animals can form inter-and intraspecific social signalling networks to avoid similar predators. We report here that foragers of different native Asian honey bee species can detect and use a specialized alarm pheromone component, benzyl acetate (BA), to avoid danger. We analysed the volatile alarm pheromone produced by attacked workers of the most abundant native Asian honey bee, Apis cerana and tested the responses of other bee species to these alarm signals. As compared to nest guards, A. cerana foragers produced 3.38 fold higher levels of BA. In foragers, BA and (E)-dec-2-en-1-yl acetate (DA) generated the strongest antennal electrophysiological responses. BA was also the only compound that alerted flying foragers and inhibited A. cerana foraging. BA thereby decreased A. cerana foraging for risky sites. Interestingly, although BA occurs only in trace amounts and is nearly absent in sympatric honeybee species (respectively only 0.07% and 0.44% as much in A. dorsata and A. florea), these floral generalists detected and avoided BA as strongly as they did to their own alarm pheromone on natural inflorescences. These results demonstrate that competing pollinators can take advantage of alarm signal information provided by other species.
KeywordSting Apparatus Evolution Information Dorsata Communication Cooperation Components Altruism Tadpoles Behavior
Subject AreaMultidisciplinary Sciences
DOI10.1038/s41598-017-03806-6
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000406366000079
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/54939
Collection植物化学与西部植物资源持续利用国家重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Econ Plants & Biotechnol, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
3.Univ Calif San Diego, Div Biol Sci, Sect Ecol Behav & Evolut, La Jolla, CA 92093 USA
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Wen, Ping,Cheng, Yanan,Qu, Yufeng,et al. Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone[J]. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS,2017,7:6721.
APA Wen, Ping.,Cheng, Yanan.,Qu, Yufeng.,Zhang, Hongxia.,Li, Jianjun.,...&Nieh, James.(2017).Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone.SCIENTIFIC REPORTS,7,6721.
MLA Wen, Ping,et al."Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone".SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 7(2017):6721.
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