• 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 honeybee and wild bee behavior. My research projects focus on:

  • Effects of multiple environmental stressors (e.g. fungicides, insecticides) on honeybees and wild bees (financed by BayÖkotox, Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz; Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)
  • Heat stress responses of insects
  • The molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation to temperature and elevation in African honeybees Apis mellifera (DFG, collaboration with Prof. Martin Hasselmann, Uni Hohenheim)
  • The role of cuticular hydrocarbons in honeybee communication and adaptation to climate (collaboration with
    Prof. Thomas Schmitt, JMU)
  • Effects of land use on resource partitioning and foraging neuroecology in four honeybee species in India (DFG, collaboration with Prof. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, JMU)
  • Effects of innovative and sustainable beekeeping with reduced Varroa mite treatment on the performance and vitality of honeybees in near-natural beekeeping (BMEL/BLE, collaboration with Dr. Marina Meixner, LLH Hessen)
  • Taste perception in honeybees (collaboration with Prof. Dietmar Geiger, JMU)
  • The role of clock genes in honeybee behavioral performance (VW Stiftung Momentum)
  • The role of neurotransmitters in honeybee behavior

  • Bumblebees are resilient to neonicotinoid-fungicide combinations. Schuhmann, Antonia; Schulte, Janna; Feldhaar, Heike; Scheiner, Ricarda. In Environment International, 186, p. 108608. 2024.
  • New insight into molecular mechanisms underlying division of labor in honeybees. Schilcher, Felix; Scheiner, Ricarda. In Current Opinion in Insect Science, 59, p. 101080. 2023.
  • A combination of the frequent fungicides boscalid and dimoxystrobin with the neonicotinoid acetamiprid in field-realistic concentrations does not affect sucrose responsiveness and learning behavior of honeybees. Schuhmann, Antonia; Scheiner, Ricarda. In Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 256, p. 114850. 2023.
  • Intrasexual cuticular hydrocarbon dimorphism in a wasp sheds light on hydrocarbon biosynthesis genes in Hymenoptera. Moris, Victoria C.; Podsiadlowski, Lars; Martin, Sebastian; Oeyen, Jan Philip; Donath, Alexander; Petersen, Malte; Wilbrandt, Jeanne; Misof, Bernhard; Liedtke, Daniel; Thamm, Markus; Scheiner, Ricarda; Schmitt, Thomas; Niehuis, Oliver. In Communicatons Biology, 6(147). 2023.
  • Opposing Actions of Octopamine and Tyramine on Honeybee Vision. Schilcher, Felix; Thamm, Markus; Strube-Bloss, Martin; Scheiner, Ricarda. In Biomolecules, 11(9), p. 1374. 2021.
  • Chronic exposure to the pesticide flupyradifurone can lead to premature onset of foraging in honeybees (Apis mellifera).. Hesselbach, Hannah; Seeger, Johannes; Schilcher, Felix; Ankenbrand, Markus; Scheiner, Ricarda. In Journal of Applied Ecology, 57, pp. 609–618. 2020.

Researcher-ID: I-6355-2018