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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Paper Session #24
Topics in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience: Honey Bees: Economic Concepts and Behavior Analysis
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Loft GH, Niveau 3
Area: BPN
Chair: Michel Sokolowski (Universite de Picardie - Jules Vernes)
Honey Bees as Nectar Consumers: Testing Behavioral Economic Concepts in Invertebrates
Domain: Basic Research
MICHEL SOKOLOWSKI (Universite de Picardie - Jules Vernes)
Abstract: With a new design of lab operant conditioning chambers, we tested the demand law with honey bees in closed economies. The price has been defined as the amount of syrup a bee received following a response. In our protocol, the price increased from 0.5 responses/l to 4 responses/l. According to the demand law, we observed a decreasing daily syrup consumption.
Behavior Analysis and Ecotoxicology: Can Skinner Boxes Save Honey Bees?
Domain: Basic Research
MICHEL SOKOLOWSKI (Universite de Picardie - Jules Vernes)
Abstract: Until now, ecotoxicology that is the study of chemicals on living organisms, does not interact a lot with behavior analysis. However, in several aspects, studying pesticides effects can be similar to studying drug effects in animals. Because Skinner boxes can be used to study the self administration of pesticides, we think behavior analysis can contribute as much to ecotoxicology than it contributes to pharmacology. With several experiments, we show how Skinner boxes and conditioning protocols can be used to detect undesirable effects of pesticides in free-flying honey bees.



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