Findings: Pheromones Trigger Changes

  1. Decentralized hive activity¬ólike stock market, in which individual actions affect stock prices, even though it appears that there is a general, integrated response.

  2. Honeybees respond adaptively as an integrated unit, but it's not as if the queen or a "select committee" of bees in the know is sending out orders.

  3. Robinson has found evidence that molecular signals, communicated via pheromones, cause direct changes in honeybee gene activity.

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