How Is a Gene Affected by Social Activity?

Hypothesis

What Might Happen

Type of Response

Bees detect food shortages.

With few foragers, hungry bees "gear up" to hunt.

Decentralized

Bees communicate by smelling pheromones.

Young bees detect absence of older bees through chemical signal systems.

Decentralized

Leader says, "Do It!"

Queen or select group of bees with access to environmental information puts out a call to the hive.

Centralized

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