Old bees’ memory fades; Mirrors recall of humans and other mammals

October 20, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: ScienceDaily] – New research shows that not just human memories fade. Scientists from Arizona State University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences examined how aging impacts the ability of honey bees to find their way home.

While bees are typically impressive navigators, able to wend their way home through complex landscapes after visits to flowers far removed from their nests, aging impairs the bees’ ability to extinguish the memory of an unsuitable nest site even after the colony has settled in a new home.

The study appears in the open-access journal PLoS ONE, published by the Public Library of Science.

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