Wrought-iron gate of the former Institute of Zoology (1889-1992). Manufactured: W. Schnellenberger Draft: I. Autrum und R. Schneider Photo: H. Heilmann
What is the basis of behavior?
As a center for insect behavioral sciences, we pursue an integrative research approach to understand the principles of behavior. The interplay of internal and environmental factors is investigated from the molecular, sensory and neuronal mechanisms to the function of ecological and social interactions up to their evolutionary foundations.
Currently seven independent research groups are working at our chair on the following topics within the field of insect behavioral sciences:
Desert ants use the Earth's magnetic field for orientation, a new study has found which was conducted by scientists of the University of Würzburg. This provides ants the cue to find their way back to the nest.
Ohne Orientierung sind Menschen, aber auch Insekten und viele andere Lebewesen nicht handlungsfähig. Wie die Orientierung bei Insekten funktioniert, untersucht Dr. Keram Pfeiffer, neuer Professor am Biozentrum.