Dr Vanina Vergoz

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Research interests

I study the role of dopamine in the regulation of worker sterility in the honey bee Apis mellifera.

I have two main aims: (1) to show that certain genes control honey bee sterility and (2) that there are interactions between these genes and environmental cues such as pheromones released by the queen. My project will provide significant material for a better understanding of honey bees society.

Selected grants

2010

  • The role of dopamine in the regulation of worker sterility in the honey bee; Vergoz V, Vergoz V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Vergoz, V. (2012). Dopamine signalling in the bee. In Giovanni C Galizia (Eds.), Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior: A Tribute to Randolf Menzel. Netherlands: Springer Science + Business Media.

Journals

  • Vergoz, V., Lim, J., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Biogenic amine receptor gene expression in the ovarian tissue of the honey bee Apis mellifera. Insect Molecular Biology, 21(1), 21-29. [More Information]
  • Vergoz, V., Lim, J., Duncan, M., Cabanes, G., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Effects of natural mating and CO2 narcosis on biogenic amine receptor gene expression in the ovaries and brain of queen honey bees, Apis mellifera. Insect Molecular Biology, 21(6), 558-567. [More Information]
  • Giufa, M., Fabre, E., Flaven-Pouchon, J., Groll, H., Oberwallner, B., Vergoz, V., Roussel, E., Sandoz, J. (2009). Olfactory conditioning of the sting extension reflex in honeybees: Memory dependence on trial number, interstimulus interval, intertrial interval, and protein synthesis. Learning and Memory, 16(12), 761-765.
  • Vergoz, V., McQuillan, H., Geddes, L., Pullar, K., Nicholson, B., Paulin, M., Mercer, A. (2009). Peripheral modulation of worker bee responses to queen mandibular pheromone. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 106(49), 20930-20935.
  • Vergoz, V., Roussel, E., Sandoz, J., Giurfa, M. (2007). Aversive Learning in Honeybees Revealed by the Olfactory Conditioning of the Sting Extension Reflex. PLoS One, 2(3), e288-1-e288-10.
  • Vergoz, V., Schreurs, H., Mercer, A. (2007). Queen Pheromone Blocks Aversive Learning in Young Worker Bees. Science, 317(5836), 384-386.
  • Beggs, K., Glendining, K., Marechal, N., Vergoz, V., Nakamura, I., Slessor, K., Mercer, A. (2007). Queen pheromone modulates brain dopamine function in worker honey bees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 104(7), 2460-2464.

Conferences

  • Vergoz, V. (2010). Direct implication of dopamine receptors in the regulation of worker sterility in the honey bee Apis mellifera? XVI Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects IUSSI 2010, Denmark: International Union for the Study of Social Insects.
  • Vergoz, V. (2006). Aversive and appetitive learning in the honeybees. 5th Forum of European Neuroscience, Austria: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.
  • Vergoz, V. (2006). Toulouse Plasticity of odour-evoked activity in the honeybee antennal lobe: coupled aversive conditioning and calcium imaging. 7th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Germany: German Neuroscience Society.

2012

  • Vergoz, V., Lim, J., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Biogenic amine receptor gene expression in the ovarian tissue of the honey bee Apis mellifera. Insect Molecular Biology, 21(1), 21-29. [More Information]
  • Vergoz, V. (2012). Dopamine signalling in the bee. In Giovanni C Galizia (Eds.), Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior: A Tribute to Randolf Menzel. Netherlands: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Vergoz, V., Lim, J., Duncan, M., Cabanes, G., Oldroyd, B. (2012). Effects of natural mating and CO2 narcosis on biogenic amine receptor gene expression in the ovaries and brain of queen honey bees, Apis mellifera. Insect Molecular Biology, 21(6), 558-567. [More Information]

2010

  • Vergoz, V. (2010). Direct implication of dopamine receptors in the regulation of worker sterility in the honey bee Apis mellifera? XVI Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects IUSSI 2010, Denmark: International Union for the Study of Social Insects.

2009

  • Giufa, M., Fabre, E., Flaven-Pouchon, J., Groll, H., Oberwallner, B., Vergoz, V., Roussel, E., Sandoz, J. (2009). Olfactory conditioning of the sting extension reflex in honeybees: Memory dependence on trial number, interstimulus interval, intertrial interval, and protein synthesis. Learning and Memory, 16(12), 761-765.
  • Vergoz, V., McQuillan, H., Geddes, L., Pullar, K., Nicholson, B., Paulin, M., Mercer, A. (2009). Peripheral modulation of worker bee responses to queen mandibular pheromone. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 106(49), 20930-20935.

2007

  • Vergoz, V., Roussel, E., Sandoz, J., Giurfa, M. (2007). Aversive Learning in Honeybees Revealed by the Olfactory Conditioning of the Sting Extension Reflex. PLoS One, 2(3), e288-1-e288-10.
  • Vergoz, V., Schreurs, H., Mercer, A. (2007). Queen Pheromone Blocks Aversive Learning in Young Worker Bees. Science, 317(5836), 384-386.
  • Beggs, K., Glendining, K., Marechal, N., Vergoz, V., Nakamura, I., Slessor, K., Mercer, A. (2007). Queen pheromone modulates brain dopamine function in worker honey bees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 104(7), 2460-2464.

2006

  • Vergoz, V. (2006). Aversive and appetitive learning in the honeybees. 5th Forum of European Neuroscience, Austria: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies.
  • Vergoz, V. (2006). Toulouse Plasticity of odour-evoked activity in the honeybee antennal lobe: coupled aversive conditioning and calcium imaging. 7th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Germany: German Neuroscience Society.

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