Brain Aging and Performance Plasticity in Honeybees

Daniel Münch, Gro Amdam

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Aging is an intrinsic functional decline (senescence) that ultimately leads to death. For worker castes of the honeybee (Apis mellifera), the best studied social invertebrate, research has revealed a stunning diversity of longevity and aging patterns. Due to the long tradition that learning and memory research has with this animal model, it is not surprising that aging studies make use of the well-established experimental tools to assess functional deterioration. In this chapter, we review recent work that connects social factors to highly plastic brain aging, exemplified by patterns of behavioral and cellular senescence in honeybee workers. We also discuss how specific advantages of the honeybee model can be applied in the search for treatments that may extend life and promote health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-500
Number of pages14
JournalHandbook of Behavioral Neuroscience
StatePublished - 2013


  • Honey bee
  • Immune defense
  • Learning
  • Proteom
  • Senescence
  • Vitellogenin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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