Contact Us

The Department of Entomology
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Herzl 229, Rehovot 7610001, ISRAEL

Tel: 08-9489223 
Fax: 08-9366768

Sharoni Shafir


Proboscis Extension Response (PER) Equipment

We have a robot that automates the PER process: it can rotate through 24 bees, present them with an odor, reward, or punishment, and photograph the proboscis extension response. See (Shafir, 2008) that describes this instrument. We also have a semi-automatic PER station.


History of the B. Triwaks Bee Research Center

Benjamin Triwaks was born in 1924 in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to Palestine with his parents in 1926. He graduated from Kadoorie Agricultural School, where he specialized in beekeeping. Triwaks joined the Haganah underground movement and later volunteered for the Jewish Brigade Group in the British Army during World War II. After the War he engaged in practical beekeeping. In 1947 Triwaks joined the Israel Defense Forces and fell in battle in Tantura on May 23, 1948.

Prof. Sharoni Shafir

  • Ph.D. 1995, Stanford University
  • Professor

Research Areas

  • Animal Cognition
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Pollination Ecology


  • Entomology Lab
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology of Pollination

Research Interests:

  • Decision-making processes in honey bees
  • Cognitive ecology of pollination
  • Crop pollination