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Deciding on a new home: how do honeybees agree?


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Britton, N. F., Franks, N. R., Pratt, S. C. and Seeley, T. D., 2002. Deciding on a new home: how do honeybees agree? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 269 (1498), pp. 1383-1388.

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Abstract

A swarm of honeybees (Apis mellifera) is capable of selecting one nest-site when faced with a choice of several. We adapt classical mathematical models of disease, information and competing beliefs to such decision-making processes. We show that the collective decision may be arrived at without the necessity for any bee to make any comparison between sites.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsBritton, N. F., Franks, N. R., Pratt, S. C. and Seeley, T. D.
Uncontrolled Keywordscollective decision-making, swarms, bees, nest-site choice, social insects, collective decision-making, apis mellifera, honeybees, ant, selection
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Mathematical Sciences
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code7425
Additional InformationID number: ISI:000176867700012

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