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Title: Method for training honeybees to respond to olfactory stimuli and enhancement of memory retention therein

A specialized conditioning protocol for honeybees that is designed for use within a complex agricultural ecosystem. This method ensures that the conditioned bees will be less likely to exhibit a conditioned response to uninfected plants, a false positive response that would render such a biological sensor unreliable for agricultural decision support. Also described is a superboosting training regime that allows training without the aid of expensive equipment and protocols for training in out in the field. Also described is a memory enhancing cocktail that aids in long term memory retention of a vapor signature. This allows the bees to be used in the field for longer durations and with fewer bees trained overall.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1230011
Assignee:
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC LANL
Patent Number(s):
9,210,914
Application Number:
13/439,825
Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Apr 04
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Works referenced in this record:

Behavioral development and olfactory learning in the honeybee (Apis mellifera)
journal, January 1999

Caffeine in Citrus flowers
journal, September 1999