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

Scheiner, Ricarda

Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner

Reserach group leader
Zoology II / Scheiner lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D127
Link: Scheiner lab
Portrait of Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner

I am interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of behavior in honey bees. I am particularly keen to understand how the complex division of labor is regulated in a honey bee colony. Using up-to-date molecular biological methods (for example quantitative real-time PCR), biochemical methods (immunocytochemistry, Westernblots) and a variety of behavioral assays (quantification of gustatory, visual and olfactory responsiveness, learning assays, long-term video monitoring, behavioral manipulations) we investigate the functions of selected receptors for biogenic amines and cGMP-dependent protein kinase in honey bee behavioral plasticity.

Current research projects are:

  • Role of cGMP- dependent protein kinase in honey bee division of labor
  • Functions of octopamine and tyramine receptors in behavioral decisions of honey bees
  • Role of octopamine in regulating gustatory responsiveness and non-associative learning processes in fruit flies
  • Age-dependency of honey bee learning
  • Gustatory responsiveness and learning in honey bees

  • Hesselbach, H., Seeger, J., Schilcher, F., Ankenbrand, M., and Scheiner, R. (2020) Chronic exposure to the pesticide flupyradifurone can lead to premature onset of foraging in honeybees (Apis mellifera), Journal of Applied Ecology 57, 609-618.
  • George, E. A., Bröger, A. -K., Thamm, M., Brockmann, A., and Scheiner, R. (2020) Inter-individual variation in honey bee dance intensity correlates with expression of the foraging gene, Genes, Brain and Behavior 19, e12592.
  • Hesselbach, H., and Scheiner, R. (2018) Effects of the novel pesticide flupyradifurone (Sivanto) on honeybee taste and cognition, Scientific Reports 8, 4954.
  • Scheiner, R., Reim, T., Søvik, E., Entler, B. V., Barron, A. B., and Thamm, M. (2017) Learning, gustatory responsiveness and tyramine differences across nurse and forager honeybees, Journal of Experimental Biology, The Company of Biologists Ltd 220, 1443--1450.
  • Thamm, M., Scholl, C., Reim, T., Grübel, K., Möller, K., Rössler, W., and Scheiner, R. (2017) Neuronal distribution of tyramine and the tyramine receptor AmTAR1 in the honeybee brain, Journal of Comparative Neurology 525, 2615-2631.

Researcher-ID: I-6355-2018