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Research Article

Magnetoreception System in Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

  • Chin-Yuan Hsu mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: hsu@mail.cgu.edu.tw

    Affiliation: Department of Life Science, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan

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  • Fu-Yao Ko,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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  • Chia-Wei Li,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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  • Kuni Fann,

    Affiliation: Department of Philosophy, Atkinson College, York University, Toronto, Canada

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  • Juh-Tzeng Lue

    Affiliation: Department of Physics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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  • Published: April 25, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000395

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What is still missing

Posted by MartinGiurfa on 26 Apr 2007 at 13:15 GMT

This paper nicely shows the cellular mechanism that may underlie magnetoperception in bees. This is an important contribution as several behavioral papers have reported before the use of magnetic cues in an orientation/navigation context by bees. What is still pending, now that a specific cellular mechanism has been proposed, is the critical experiment in which such mechanism is interfered and a consequent behavioral response is appropriately quantified.
Only then the role of the mechanism uncovered by the authors will be validated (or not).