Odour perception in honeybees: coding information in glomerular patterns

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2000 Aug;10(4):504-10. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(00)00109-4.


Major advances have been made during the past two years in understanding how honeybees process olfactory input at the level of their first brain structure dealing with odours, the antennal lobe (the insect analogue of the mammalian olfactory bulb). It is now possible to map physiological responses to morphologically identified olfactory glomeruli, allowing for the creation of a functional atlas of the antennal lobe. Furthermore, the measurement of odour-evoked activity patterns has now been combined with studies of appetitive odour learning. The results show that both genetically determined components and learning-related plasticity shape olfactory processing in the antennal lobe.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bees / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping / methods*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Odorants
  • Olfactory Bulb / physiology*
  • Smell / physiology*