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Francis Ratnieks
Professor of Apiculture (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)
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Selected publications

Article

Ratnieks, Francis L W, Schrell, Felix, Sheppard, Rebecca C, Brown, Emmeline, Bristow, Oliver E and Garbuzov, Mihail (2016) Data reliability in citizen science: learning curve and the effects of training method, volunteer background and experience on identification accuracy of insects visiting ivy flowers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (10). pp. 1226-1235. ISSN 2041-2096

Shackleton, Kyle, Balfour, Nicholas J, Al Toufailia, Hasan, Gaioski Jr, Roberto, Barbosa, Marcela de Matos, de S Silva, Carina A, Bento, José M S, Alves, Denise A and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2016) Quality versus quantity: foraging decisions in the honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata) feeding on wildflower nectar and fruit juice. Ecology and Evolution. ISSN 2045-7758

Shackleton, Kyle and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2016) Garden varieties: how attractive are recommended garden plants to butterflies? Journal of Insect Conservation, 20 (1). pp. 141-148. ISSN 1366-638X

Garbuzov, Mihail, Couvillon, Margaret J, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Honey bee dance decoding and pollen-load analysis show limited foraging on spring-flowering oilseed rape, a potential source of neonicotinoid contamination. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 203. pp. 62-68. ISSN 0167-8809

Bigio, Gianluigi, Toufailia, Hasan Al, Hughes, William O H and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) The effect of one generation of controlled mating on the expression of hygienic behaviour in honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (5). pp. 563-568. ISSN 0021-8839

Ratnieks, Francis L W and Shackleton, Kyle (2015) Does the waggle dance help honey bees to forage at greater distances than expected for their body size? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3 (31). ISSN 2296-701X

Couvillon, Margaret J, Boniface, Taylor J, Evripidou, Alexis M, Owen, Christopher J and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Unnatural contexts cause honey bee guards to adopt non-guarding behaviours towards allospecifics and conspecifics. Ethology, 121 (4). pp. 410-418. ISSN 0179-1613

Garbuzov, Mihail, Fensome, Katherine A and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Public approval plus more wildlife: twin benefits of reduced mowing of amenity grass in a suburban public park in Saltdean, UK. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 8 (2). pp. 107-119. ISSN 1752-458X

Shackleton, Kyle, Al Toufailia, Hasan, Balfour, Nicholas, Nascimento, Fabio, Alves, Denise and Ratnieks, Francis (2015) Appetite for self-destruction: suicidal biting as a nest defense strategy in Trigona stingless bees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69 (2). pp. 273-281. ISSN 1432-0762

Couvillon, Margaret J, Riddell Pearce, Fiona C, Accleton, Christopher, Fensome, Katherine A, Quah, Shaun K L, Taylor, Esme L and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Honey bee foraging distance depends on month and forage type. Apidologie, 46 (1). pp. 61-70. ISSN 0044-8435

Garbuzov, Mihail, Madsen, Andy and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Patch size has no effect on insect visitation rate per unit area in garden-scale flower patches. Acta Oecologica, 62. pp. 53-57. ISSN 1146-609X

Czaczkes, Tomer J, Grüter, Christoph and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2015) Trail pheromones: an integrative view of their role in colony organization. Annual Review of Entomology, 60. pp. 581-599. ISSN 0066-4170

Al Toufailia, Hasan M, Amiri, Esmaeil, Scandian, Luciano, Kryger, Per and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Towards integrated control of varroa: effect of variation in hygienic behaviour among honey bee colonies on mite population increase and deformed wing virus incidence. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (5). pp. 555-562. ISSN 0021-8839

Medina-Medina, Luis A, Hart, Adam G and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Waste management in the stingless bee Melipona beecheii Bennett (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Sociobiology, 61 (4). pp. 435-440. ISSN 0361-6525

Carreck, Norman and Ratnieks, Francis (2014) The dose makes the poison: have "field realistic" rates of exposure of bees to neonicotinoid insecticides been overestimated in laboratory studies? Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (5). pp. 607-614. ISSN 0021-8839

Carreck, Norman L and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) The dose makes the poison: have “field realistic” rates of exposure of bees to neonicotinoid insecticides been overestimated in laboratory studies? Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (5). pp. 607-614. ISSN 0021-8839

Shackleton, Kyle, Al Toufailia, Hasan, Balfour, Nicholas J, Nascimento, Fabio S, Alves, Denise A and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Appetite for self-destruction: suicidal biting as a nest defense strategy in Trigona stingless bees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. ISSN 0340-5443

Garbuzov, Mihail and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Listmania: the strengths and weaknesses of lists of garden plants recommended to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators. BioScience, 64 (11). pp. 1019-1026. ISSN 0006-3568

Garbuzov, Mihail, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Eating locally: dance decoding demonstrates that urban honey bees in Brighton, UK, forage mainly in the surrounding urban area. Urban Ecosystems. ISSN 1083-8155

Forster, Antonia, Czaczkes, Tomer, Warner, Emma, Woodall, Thomas, Martin, Emily and Ratnieks, Francis (2014) Effect of trail bifurcation asymmetry and pheromone presence or absence on trail choice by Lasius niger ants. Ethology, 120 (8). pp. 768-775. ISSN 1439-0310

Kärcher, Martin H and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Killing and replacing queen-laid eggs: low cost of worker policing in the honey bee. American Naturalist, 184 (1). pp. 110-118. ISSN 0003-0147

Couvillon, Margaret J, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Dancing bees communicate a foraging preference for rural lands in high-level agri-environment schemes. Current Biology, 24 (12). pp. 1212-1215. ISSN 0960-9822

Couvillon, Margaret J, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Waggle dance distances as integrative indicators of seasonal foraging challenges. PLoS ONE, 9 (4). e93495. ISSN 1932-6203

Garbuzov, Mihail and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Quantifying variation among garden plants in attractiveness to bees and other flower-visiting insects. Functional Ecology, 28 (2). pp. 364-374. ISSN 0269-8463

Garbuzov, Mihail and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Lattice fence and hedge barriers around an apiary increase honey bee flight height and decrease stings to people nearby. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (1). pp. 67-74. ISSN 0021-8839

Bigio, G, Al Toufailia, H and Ratnieks, F L W (2014) Honey bee hygienic behaviour does not incur a cost via removal of healthy brood. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27 (1). pp. 226-230. ISSN 1010-061X

Garbuzov, Mihail and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Ivy: an underappreciated key resource to flower-visiting insects in autumn. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 7 (1). pp. 91-102. ISSN 1752-458X

Czaczkes, Tomer J, Grüter, Christoph and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Rapid up- and down-regulation of pheromone signalling due to trail crowding in the ant Lasius niger. Behaviour, 151 (5). pp. 669-682. ISSN 0005-7959

Helanterä, Heikki, Martin, Stephen J and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2014) Recognition of nestmate eggs in the ant Formica fusca is based on queen derived cues. Current Zoology, 60 (1). pp. 131-136. ISSN 1674-5507

Carreck, Norman and Ratnieks, Francis (2013) Will neonicotinoid moratorium save the bees? Research Fortnight, 415. pp. 20-22.

Wenseleers, Tom, Bacon, Jonathan P, Alves, Denise A, Couvillon, Margaret J, Kärcher, Martin, Nascimento, Fabio S, Nogueira-Neto, Paulo, Ribeiro, Marcia, Robinson, Elva J H, Tofilski, Adam and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2013) Bourgeois behavior and freeloading in the colonial orb web spider Parawixia bistriata (Araneae, Araneidae). American Naturalist, 182 (1). pp. 120-129. ISSN 0003-0147

Czaczkes, Tomer J and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2013) Cooperative transport in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and elsewhere. Myrmecological News, 18. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1994-4136

Couvillon, Margaret J, Phillipps, Hunter L F, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2012) Working against gravity: horizontal honeybee waggle runs have greater angular scatter than vertical waggle runs. Biology Letters. ISSN 1744-9561

Couvillon, Margaret J, Riddell Pearce, Fiona C, Harris-Jones, Elisabeth L, Kuepfer, Amanda M, Mackenzie-Smith, Samantha J, Rozario, Laura A, Schürch, Roger and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2012) Intra-dance variation among waggle runs and the design of efficient protocols for honey bee dance decoding. Biology Open. ISSN 2046-6390

Couvillon, Margaret J, Zweden, Jelle S and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2012) Model of collective decision-making in nestmate recognition fails to account for individual discriminator responses and non-independent discriminator errors. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 66 (2). pp. 339-341. ISSN 0340-5443

Grüter, Christoph, Menezes, Cristiano, Imperatriz-Fonseca, Vera L and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2012) From the Cover: A morphologically specialized soldier caste improves colony defense in a neotropical eusocial bee. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (4). pp. 1182-1186. ISSN 0027-8424

Couvillon, Margaret J, Hughes, William O H, Perez-Sato, Juan A, Martin, Stephen J, Roy, Gabrielle G F and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2010) Sexual selection in honey bees: colony variation and the importance of size in male mating success. Behavioral Biology, 21 (3). pp. 520-525. ISSN 1045-2249

Couvillon, Margaret J, Roy, Gabrielle G F and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2009) Recognition errors by honey bee (Apis mellifera) guards demonstrate overlapping cues in conspecific recognition. Journal of Apicultural Research, 48 (4). pp. 225-232. ISSN 0021-8839

Helanterä, Heikki and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2008) Geometry explains the benefits of division of labour in a leafcutter ant. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 275 (1640). pp. 1255-1260. ISSN 1471-2954

Hughes, William O H, Oldroyd, Benjamin P, Beekman, Madeleine and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2008) Ancestral monogamy shows kin selection is key to the evolution of eusociality. Science, 320 (5880). pp. 1213-1216. ISSN 0036-8075

Couvillon, Margaret, Wenseleers, T, Imperatriz-Fonseca, V L, Nogueira-Neto, P and Ratnieks, F L W (2008) Comparative Study in Stingless Bees (Meliponini) Demonstrates that Nest Entrance Size Predicts Traffic and Defensivity. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21 (1). pp. 194-201. ISSN 1010-061X

Hughes, William O H, Perez-Sato, Juan Antonio, Couvillon, Margaret J and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2008) Effects of hive spacing, entrance orientation, and worker activity on nest relocation by honey bee queens. Apidologie, 39 (6). pp. 708-713. ISSN 0044-8435

Couvillon, Margaret J, Robinson, Elva J H, Atkinson, Beth, Child, Laura, Dent, Katie R and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2008) En Guarde: Rapid changes in honey bee guarding to intense robbing demonstrates individual and colony level responses. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 76 (5). pp. 1653-1658. ISSN 0168-1591

Couvillon, Margaret, Caple, Jamie P, Endsor, Samuel L, Kärcher, Martin, Russell, Trudy E, Storey, Darren E and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2007) Nest-mate recognition template of guard honeybees (Apis mellifera) is modified by wax comb transfer. Biology Letters, 3 (3). pp. 228-230. ISSN 1744-957X

Perez-Sato, Juan Antonio, Hughes, William O H, Couvillon, Margaret and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2007) Improved technique for introducing four-day old virgin queens to mating hives that uses artificial and natural queen cells for introduction. Journal of Agricultural Research, 46 (1). pp. 28-33. ISSN 0021-8839

Wenseleers, Tom and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2006) Enforced altruism in insect societies. Nature, 444. p. 50. ISSN 0028-0836

Robinson, Elva J H, Jackson, Duncan E, Holcombe, Mike and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2005) Insect communication: "No entry" signal in ant foraging. Nature, 438. p. 442. ISSN 0028-0836

Jackson, Duncan E, Holcombe, Mike and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2004) Geometry gives polarity to ant pheromone trails. Nature, Vol 43. pp. 907-909. ISSN 0028-0836

Martin, Stephen J, Beekman, Madeleine, Wossler, Theresa C and Ratnieks, Francis L W (2002) Parasitic Cape honeybee workers, Apis mellifera capensis, evade policing. Nature, 415. pp. 163-165. ISSN 0028-0836

Monnin, Thibaud, Ratnieks, Francis L W, Jones, Graeme R and Beard, Richard (2002) Pretender punishment induced by chemical signalling in a queenless ant. Nature, 419. pp. 61-65. ISSN 0028-0836

Oldroyd, Benjamin P, Halling, Luke A, Good, Gregory, Wattanachaiyingcharoen, Wandee, Barron, Andrew B, Nanork, Piyamas, Wongsiri, Siriwat and Ratnieks, Francis L (2001) Worker policing and worker reproduction in Apis cerana. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50 (4). pp. 371-377. ISSN 0340-5443