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Ferrari TE, Tautz J (2015) Severe Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Losses Correlate with Geomagnetic and Proton Disturbances in Earth’s Atmosphere. Astrobiol Outreach 3: 134. doi:10.4172/2332-2519.1000134

An unexpected, abrupt and severe disappearance of adult honeybees from a colony has been causing concern for beekeepers and entomologists for over a century [1-8]. Over time, the incident has been called Colony Collapse Disorder, Disappearance Disease, Evaporation, Dwindling Disease, Autumn Collapse and May Disease. What is most significant regarding the disorder is the absence of victims in or near the hive [1]. Remaining bees appear healthy and afflicted colonies can recover, indicating a contagion or pest is not involved [1].


Klein B. A., Stiegler M., Klein A., Tautz J.: Mapping Sleeping Bees within Their Nest: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Worker Honey Bee Sleep

The publication: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0066415


Honey bee drones maintain humoral immune competence throughout all life stages in the absence of vitellogenin production. Heike Gätschenberger, Olaf Gimple, Jürgen Tautz and Hildburg Beier, The Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 1


154. Gätschenberger, H. , Azzami, K. Tautz, J. & H. Beier: Antibacterial immune competence of honey bees (Apis mellifera) is adapted to different life stages and environmental risks . PloSOne June 2013 | Volume 8 | Issue 6 | e664

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Arndt, Ingo; Tautz, Jürgen: Architektier. Knesebeck 2013.

Ingo Arndt traveled around the world for two years and photographed various architectonic achievements in the animal kingdom. In addition to animal dwellings, Arndt's photographs also portrayed the respective builders or "architects". Well-known behavioral scientist Prof. Jürgen Tautz provided an exciting story for each of the animals and their respective architectural structures.


145 Höcherl, N., Siede, R., Illies, I. and J. Tautz: Evaluation of the nutritive value of maize for honey bees. J.Insect Physiol 58, 278–285, 2012.


148. Azzami,K., Ritter,W. , Tautz, J. and H. Beier: Infection of honey bees with Acute bee paralysis virus 1 does not trigger or suppress humoral and cellular immune responses. Archives of Virology, DOI 10.1007/s00705-012-1223-0, 2012.


147. Schneider; CH., Tautz,J., Grünewald;, B. and S. Fuchs: RFID Tracking of Sublethal Effects of Two Neonicotinoid Insecticides on the Foraging Behavior of Apis mellifera. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30023. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030023, 2012.


149. Albert Š, Gätschenberger H, Azzami K, Gimple O, Grimmer G, Fujiyuki T, Sumner S, Tautz J, Mueller MJ: Evidence of a novel immune responsive protein in the Hymenoptera. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 41: 968-981, 2011


144 Pahl, M., Zhu, H., TAUTZ,J. & S.Zhang: Large Scale Homing in Honeybees. PLOS one 2011

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