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ICAT Playdate: Acoustic Properties of Honeybee Waggle Dances
April 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am UTC-5
Description: A honey bee that returns from foraging can perform a recruitment dance that tells her nestmates where she has discovered a valuable resource outside the hive, for example a flower patch providing pollen or nectar. However, in the process of making these sound signals, dancing honey bees produce a visual signal as a by-product. Researchers can use the bees’ dance as a tool to investigave when and where bees use the landscape to collect their food. Our innovation in automation of waggle dance decoding using acoustic source localization will significantly lower costs to obtain crtical, valuable, ecological data for researchers and land-use managers, as well as quality assurance data for farmers in need of pollination services for food, crops, which ultimately benefit the broad public through more sustainable agriculture.
Speakers: Roger Schurch, Entomology; Richardo Burdisso, Mechanical Engineering