Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award

5-2017

Thesis Professor(s)

Darrell J. Moore

Thesis Professor Department

Biological Sciences

Thesis Reader(s)

Gregory W. Bishop,Laughton M. Messmer

Abstract

In this study, the effects of the neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, are examined through the Proboscis Extension Response (PER) in honey bees (Apis mellifera). PER is a form of classical conditioning applied to honey bees through scent and reward association which quantifies learning rates. Results between groups treated with thiamethoxam did not differ significantly from untreated control groups. Potential reasons for these results are discussed. The method and experimental apparatus for testing the PER assay are also discussed.

Publisher

East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.