Inhibitory signaling in collective social insect networks, is it indeed uncommon?

Tzvi S. Goldberg, Guy Bloch

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Abstract

Individual entities across levels of biological organization interact to reach collective decisions. In centralized neuronal networks, competing neural populations commonly accumulate information over time while increasing their own activity, and cross-inhibiting other populations until one group passes a given threshold. In social insects, there is good evidence for decisions mediated by positive feedbacks, but we found evidence for similar inhibitory signals only in honey bee (Apis mellifera) stop signals, and Pharaoh's ant- (Monomorium pharaonic) repellent pheromones, with only the former occasionally being used as cross-inhibition. We discuss whether these differences stem from insufficient research effort or represent genuine differences across levels of biological organization.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101107
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2023

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