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

United States Patent

December 15, 2015
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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.
McCabe; Kirsten J. (White Rock, NM), Wingo; Robert M. (Los Alamos, NM), Haarmann; Timothy K. (Jemenz Pueblo, NM), Sutherland; Andrew (Davis, CA), Gubler; Walter D. (Davis, CA)
13/ 439,825
April 4, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. DE-AC52-06NA25396, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.