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

Rössler, Wolfgang

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rössler

Zoology II / Rössler lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D117
Link: Rössler lab
Portrait of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rössler

My research focuses on the neuroethology of social insects, in particular mechanisms underlying communication, orientation and behavioral plasticity and their consequences for social organization. Main aspects of my research are the function and evolution of olfactory systems and neuronal mechanisms of behavioral plasticity associated with polyethism and division of labor. Projects employ modern experimental techniques in functional and molecular neuroanatomy (confocal 3D imaging, immunolabeling and – blotting), neurophysiology (in-situ electrophysiology and calcium imaging), as well as quantitative behavioral assays (choice behavior, learning and memory, environmental influences). The integrative perspective on the behavior of social insects represented at the department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology combines neurobiology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology and evolutionary biology.

Current research projects are:

  • Function, organization and evolution of olfactory systems
  • Developmental and adult plasticity of olfactory and visual brain centers and social organization
  • Structural and functional plasticity of neuronal microcircuits in memory centers
  • Neuronal basis of orientation and navigation

  • Anesthesia disrupts distance, but not direction, of path integration memory Pisokas, Ioannis; Rössler, Wolfgang; Webb, Barbara; Zeil, Jochen; Narendra, Ajay in Current Biology (2022). 32(2) 445–452.e4.
  • The Geomagnetic Field Is a Compass Cue in Cataglyphis Ant Navigation Fleischmann, Pauline Nikola*; Grob, Robin*; Müller, Valentin Leander; Wehner, Rüdiger; Rössler, Wolfgang in Current Biology (2018). 28 1440–1444.
  • CaMKII knockdown affects both early and late phases of olfactory long-term memory in the honeybee Scholl, Christina; Kübert, Natalie; Muenz, Thomas S.; Rössler, Wolfgang in Journal of Experimental Biology (2015). 218(23) 3788–3796.
  • Parallel Processing via a Dual Olfactory Pathway in the Honeybee Brill, Martin F.; Rosenbaum, Tobias; Reus, Isabelle; Kleineidam, Christoph J.; Nawrot, Martin P.; Rössler, Wolfgang in Journal of Neuroscience (2013). 33(6) 2443–2456.
  • Synaptic organization in the adult honey bee brain is influenced by brood-temperature control during pupal development Groh, Claudia; Tautz, Jürgen; Rössler, Wolfgang in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2004). 101(12) 4268–4273.