• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Thamm, Markus

Dr. Markus Thamm

Research group leader
Zoology II / Thamm lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D113
Link: Thamm lab
Portrait of Dr. Markus Thamm

My research focuses on the molecular basis of insect behavioral plasticity. Particularly, I am interested how the distribution of tasks among worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) is regulated. This includes tasks that change with the bees age (nursing behavior versus foraging) and tasks that are not performed age-dependently, i. e. heating behavior. Among others, I am investigating how the regulation of gene expression and biogenic amines (and their receptors) can modulate these processes.

  • Habenstein, J., Thamm, M., & Rössler, W. Neuropeptides as potential modulators of behavioral transitions in the ant <i>Cataglyphis nodus</i>. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 529, 3155–3170. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/cne.25166
  • Thölken, C., Thamm, M., Erbacher, C., & Lechner, M. Sequence and structural properties of circular RNAs in the brain of nurse and forager honeybees (<i>Apis mellifera</i>). BMC Genomics, 20(1), 88. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-018-5402-6
  • Scheiner, R., Reim, T., Søvik, E., Entler, B. V., Barron, A. B., & Thamm, M. Learning, gustatory responsiveness and tyramine differences across nurse and forager honeybees. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220(8), 1443-1450. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.152496
  • Thamm, M., Scholl, C., Reim, T., Grübel, K., Möller, K., Rössler, W., & Scheiner, R. Neuronal distribution of tyramine and the tyramine receptor AmTAR1 in the honeybee brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 525(12), 2615-2631. https://doi.org/10.1002/cne.24228
  • Thamm, M., Balfanz, S., Scheiner, R., Baumann, A., & Blenau, W. Characterization of the 5-HT1A receptor of the honeybee (<i>Apis mellifera</i>) and involvement of serotonin in phototactic behavior. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 67(14), 2467-2479. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00018-010-0350-6