Babette Pribbenow's research while affiliated with Technische Universität Berlin and other places

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Antennal movements of the honey bee can be conditioned operantly under laboratory conditions. Using this behavioural paradigm we have developed a preparation in which the activity of a single antennal muscle has been operantly conditioned. This muscle, the fast flagellum flexor muscle, is innervated by an identified motoneuron whose action potentia...
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The antennae of insects are multisensory receptor organs for the perception of chemical and mechanical stimuli. In many insect groups the antennae are movable and display specific responses to various stimuli, even to moving targets which are perceived by the compound eyes. In hymenoptera, like bees and ants, the antennae can be used for communicat...
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Honeybees fixed in small tubes scan an object within the range of the antennae by touching it briefly and frequently. In our experiments the animals were able to scan an object for several minutes with the antennae. After moving the object out of the range of the antennae, the animals showed antennal movements for several minutes that were correlat...
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Antennal motor activity of the honeybee was used to test the effects of sucrose stimuli and of serotonin and octopamine microinjections into the brain. The antennal scanning behavior was analyzed in behavioral experiments. Activity of an antennal muscle, the "fast pedicellus flexor muscle" which dominates scanning behavior, was used as a physiologi...
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Honeybees respond with antennal reflexes to stimuli of different modalities when kept in the restricted conditions of a laboratory experiment, The animals react with direction-specific antennal responses to vertically moving stripe patterns. Stripe patterns with velocities between 25-degrees/s and 60-degrees/s evoke maximum responses. The minimum p...

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... Similarly, quantitative assessment of antennae movement with high temporal and spatial resolution might yield insight into the relationship between the stimulus, the behavior, and internal state of the animal. Indeed previous work has shown how the antennal movements contain a rich amount of information about honey bee tracking of the environment and how the movements change with learning 32,33,34,35,36,37,38 . ...
... Originally it was reported that upon odor stimulation bees orient their antennae towards the odor source (Erber et al., 1993;Suzuki, 1975). Later, in more recent studies it was reported that bees orient their antennae in backward direction when stimulated with a novel odor (Cholé et al., 2015;Lei et al., 2022). ...
... Restrained cockroaches were further used to study spatial (e.g., Kwon et al., 2004) or visual-olfactory associative learning and memory (e.g., Lent and Kwon, 2004;Pintér et al., 2005;Lent et al., 2007) by quantifying the antennal projection response (APR) of animals that were tethered in the middle of an arena (Pomaville and Lent, 2018). The APR is based on the observation that antennal motor actions can be elicited by different modalities, including olfactory, tactile, and visual stimuli (e.g., Menzel et al., 1994;Erber et al., 1997). Conditioning the APR consists in quantifying directed antennal movements toward the direction of a rewarded visual stimulus and was inspired by operant conditioning of bees to extend their antennae toward a target in order to receive a reward (e.g., Menzel et al., 1994;Kisch and Erber, 1999). ...
... Antennal scanning of objects within the range of the antenna is a behaviour which has been analysed in detail (Pribbenow 1994). This behaviour differs in some aspects from the other antennal responses. ...
... In the present paper we provide only a few examples of such studies. Thus, d'aMaTo and pavone (1993, 1996) and d'aMaTo (1998 showed that dyadic encounters between sibling male mice taking place after a relatively long separation (about 2 months) induce the release of opioids that may act as a proximate reward mechanism for kin selection. This effect manifests itself as opioid-dependent increase in pain threshold that can be antagonized by administration of naloxone, an antagonist of opioid receptors. ...
... Erber et al. [23] trained honeybees (Apis mellifera) to move their antenna muscles to receive sugar water. This coordinates an arbitrary muscle motion with a reinforcing. ...