Mike Breed, Environmental, Population,and
Organismic Biology University of Colorado
Dr. Breed's research interest is in how individuals communicate and perceive
their colony membership. His work on nestmate recognition over the past 20 +
years has shown how complex olfactory cues are derived from many intrinsic and
extrinsic factors and used by social insects to accept or reject nestmates or
intruders. Making the correct decisions at the colony entrance are of paramount
importance for the evolution of social organization.
Selected recent publications:
- Breed, M. D. and Stiller, T. M. 1992. Honey bee, Apis mellifera, nestmate
discrimination: hydrocarbons effects and the evolutionary implications of
comb choice. Anim. Behav. 43:875-883.
- Breed, M. D., Garry, M. F., Pearce, A. N., Bjostad, L., Hibbard, B., Page,
R. E. 1995. The role of wax comb in honey bee nestmate recognition: Genetic
effects on comb discrimination, acquisition of comb cues by bees, and passage
of cues among individuals. Anim. Behav. 50:489-496.
- Smith, B. H. and Breed, M. D. 1995. The chemical basis for nestmate recognition
and mate discrimination in social insects. in Chemical Ecology of Insects
II, R. T. Carde and W. J. Bell, eds. Chapman and Hall: New York. pp. 287-317.