Can x-ray microtomography help us read evolution in bees' eyes?

Authors: Marie Dominique Schmidt (Westfälische Hochschule) , Pierre Tichit (Lund University) , Gavin Taylor (Lund University) , Emily Baird (Lund University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Conference Paper
Conference: 3rd International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures
Peer Reviewed: No

State: Published (Approved)
Published: June 2017
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 13848 , 10336

Abstract: Using X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), we reconstructed anatomical 3D models of the compound eyes from bees of different species, sizes or sex. By comparing simulations based on those models, we can quantify to which extent different bees may have a different visual experience of their world. Ultimately, we try to relate each specialisation to the visual cues available in the sensory environment bees have evolved in.

Journal Keywords: micro-CT; visual adaptations; compound eyes; anatomical models; visual performance

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials

Instruments: I13-2-Diamond Manchester Imaging