Food for Thought: Honeybee Foraging, Memory, and Acetylcholine

STKE  23 May 2006:
Vol. 2006, Issue 336, pp. pe23
DOI: 10.1126/stke.3362006pe23

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Recent research implicates acetylcholine signaling through muscarinic receptors in structural changes that take place in the honeybee brain in response to foraging. These new findings are consistent with research from earlier studies implicating cholinergic signaling in associative learning as well as in the response to an enriched environment in mammals, which suggests that cholinergic signaling may play a critical role in learning and memory mechanisms across phyla.

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