The cause of colony collapse could be a message for all of us
February 13, 2012 | James Kohl
In my next paper: “The honeybee is a model organism for understanding the epigenetic link from food odors and social odors to neural networks of the mammalian brain, which ultimately determine human behavior.” The honeybee already is a model organism for studying human immunity, disease resistance, allergic reaction, circadian rhythms, antibiotic resistance, the development of the brain and behavior, mental health, longevity, diseases of the X chromosome, and other aspects of eusocial species survival, like learning and memory, as well as conditioned responses to sensory stimuli. And it has become clearer that honey bee colonies and human individuals accumulate specific DNA methylation patterns in much the same way. From the perspective of molecular biology, this extends the honeybee superorganism metaphor to progress in socioaffective neuroscience.