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88 Xuefu Road, Kunming, 650223, Yunnan, China

Nationality:          Chinese

Date of Birth:        8,Octomber.1962


Ph.D   Yunnan University and Frankfurt University of Germany(1998-2001).

Bachelor  Yunnan University (1979-1983).

 Chemical ecology and Honeybee science




1.Qiu LF, Dong JX, Li XA, Parey SH, Tan K, Orr M, Majeed A, Zhang X, Luo SQ, Zhou XG et al: Defining honeybee subspecies in an evolutionary context warrants strategized conservation. Zoological Research 2023, 44(3). 

2.Dong SH, Lin T, Nieh JC, Tan K: SOCIAL LEARNING Social signal learning of the waggle dance in honey bees. Science 2023, 379(6636):1015-1018. 

3.Dong SH, Gu GY, Lin T, Wang ZQ, Li JJ, Tan K, Nieh JC: Report An inhibitory signal associated with danger reduces honeybee dopamine levels. Current Biology 2023, 33(10). 

4.Dong SH, Gu GY, Li JJ, Wang ZW, Tan K, Yang MX, Nieh JC: Honey bee social collapse arising from hornet attacks. Entomologia Generalis 2023, 43(2):349-357. 

5.Zhang JJ, Wang ZW, Klett K, Qu YF, Tan K: Higher toxin tolerance to triptolide, a terpenoid foraged by a sympatric honeybee. Journal of Insect Physiology 2022, 137. 

6.Dong SH, Sun AL, Tan K, Nieh JC: Identification of giant hornet Vespa mandarinia queen sex pheromone components. Current Biology 2022, 32(5):R211-R212. 

7.Cheng YN, Wen P, Tan K, Darrouzet E: Designing a sex pheromone blend for attracting the yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina), a pest in its native and invasive ranges worldwide. Entomologia Generalis 2022, 42(4):523-530. 

8.Wen XX, Gongpan P, Meng YC, Nieh JC, Yuan HL, Tan K: Functional characterization, antimicrobial effects, and potential antibacterial mechanisms of new mastoparan peptides from hornet venom (Vespa ducalis, Vespa mandarinia, and Vespa affinis). Toxicon 2021, 200:48-54. 

9.Van Itterbeeck J, Feng Y, Zhao M, Wang CY, Tan K, Saga T, Nonaka K, Jung CL: Rearing techniques for hornets with emphasis on Vespa velutina (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): A review. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 2021, 24(2):103-117. 

10.Meng YC, Mo XG, He TT, Wen XX, Nieh JC, Yang XW, Tan K: New bioactive peptides from the venom gland of a social hornet Vespa velutina. Toxicon 2021, 199:94-100. 

11.Klett K, Zhang JJ, Zhang YY, Wang ZW, Dong SA, Tan K: The Nasonov gland pheromone as a potential source of death cue in Apis cerana. Journal of Insect Physiology 2021, 131. 

12.Gu GY, Meng YC, Tan K, Dong SH, Nieh JC: Lethality of Honey Bee Stings to Heavily Armored Hornets. Biology-Basel 2021, 10(6). 

13.Gong ZW, Gu GY, Wang Y, Dong SH, Tan K, Nieh JC: Floral tea polyphenols can improve honey bee memory retention and olfactory sensitivity. Journal of Insect Physiology 2021, 128. 

14.Dong SH, Tan K, Nieh JC: Visual contagion in prey defence signals can enhance honest defence. Journal of Animal Ecology 2021, 90(3):594-601. 

15.Wang ZW, Tan K: Honey Bee Alarm Pheromone Mediates Communication in Plant-Pollinator-Predator Interactions. Insects 2019, 10(10). 

16.Montero-Mendieta S, Tan K, Christmas MJ, Olsson A, Vila C, Wallberg A, Webster MT: The genomic basis of adaptation to high-altitude habitats in the eastern honey bee (Apis cerana). Molecular Ecology 2019, 28(4):746-760. 

17.Li Y, Jiang XC, Wang ZW, Zhang JJ, Klett K, Mehmood S, Qu YF, Tan K: Losing the Arms Race: Greater Wax Moths Sense but Ignore Bee Alarm Pheromones. Insects 2019, 10(3). 

18.Gong ZW, Tan K, Nieh JC: Hornets possess long-lasting olfactory memories. Journal of Experimental Biology 2019, 222(13). 

19.Dong SH, Tan K, Zhang Q, Nieh JC: Playbacks of Asian honey bee stop signals demonstrate referential inhibitory communication. Animal Behaviour 2019, 148:29-37. 

20.Zhang JJ, Wang ZW, Wen P, Qu YF, Tan K, Nieh JC: The reluctant visitor: an alkaloid in toxic nectar can reduce olfactory learning and memory in Asian honey bees. Journal of Experimental Biology 2018, 221(5). 

21.Gong ZW, Tan K, Nieh JC: First demonstration of olfactory learning and long-term memory in honey bee queens. Journal of Experimental Biology 2018, 221(14). 

22.Dong SH, Wen P, Zhang Q, Wang Y, Cheng YN, Tan K, Nieh JC: Olfactory eavesdropping of predator alarm pheromone by sympatric but not allopatric prey. Animal Behaviour 2018, 141:115-125. 

23.Wen P, Cheng YN, Dong SH, Wang ZW, Tan K, Nieh JC: The sex pheromone of a globally invasive honey bee predator, the Asian eusocial hornet, Vespa velutina. Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

24.Wen P, Cheng YA, Qu YF, Zhang HX, Li JJ, Bell H, Tan K, Nieh J: Foragers of sympatric Asian honey bee species intercept competitor signals by avoiding benzyl acetate from Apis cerana alarm pheromone. Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

25.Teichroew JL, Xu JC, Ahrends A, Huang ZY, Tan K, Xie ZH: Is China's unparalleled and understudied bee diversity at risk? Biological Conservation 2017, 210:19-28. 

26.Tan K, Wang C, Dong SH, Li XY, Nieh JC: The pesticide flupyradifurone impairs olfactory learning in Asian honey bees (&ITApis cerana&IT) exposed as larvae or as adults. Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

27.Ronai I, Allsopp MH, Tan K, Dong SH, Liu XW, Vergoz V, Oldroyd BP: The dynamic association between ovariole loss and sterility in adult honeybee workers. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 2017, 284(1851). 

28.Maitip J, Zhang X, Tan K, Thai P, Nabozhenko MV, Kirejtshuk AG, Chantawannakul P, Neumann P: A scientific note on the association of black fungus beetles (Alphitobius laevigatus, Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) with Eastern honey bee colonies (Apis cerana). Apidologie 2017, 48(2):271-273. 

29.Gong ZW, Wang C, Dong SH, Zhang XW, Wang YH, Hu ZW, Tan K: High Concentrations of the Alarm Pheromone Component, Isopentyl Acetate, Reduces Foraging and Dancing in Apis mellifera Ligustica and Apis cerana Cerana. Journal of Insect Behavior 2017, 30(2):188-198. 

30.Gloag R, Tan K, Wang Y, Song W, Luo W, Buchman G, Beekman M, Oldroyd BP: No evidence of queen thelytoky following interspecific crosses of the honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Insectes Sociaux 2017, 64(2):241-246. 

31.Dong SH, Wen P, Zhang Q, Li XY, Tan K, Nieh J: Resisting majesty: Apis cerana, has lower antennal sensitivity and decreased attraction to queen mandibular pheromone than Apis mellifera. Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

32.Dong SH, Wen P, Zhang Q, Li XY, Tan K, Nieh J: Resisting majesty: Apis cerana, has lower antennal sensitivity and decreased attraction to queen mandibular pheromone than Apis mellifera (vol 7, 44640, 2017). Scientific Reports 2017, 7. 

33.Cheng YN, Wen P, Dong SH, Tan K, Nieh JC: Poison and alarm: the Asian hornet Vespa velutina uses sting venom volatiles as an alarm pheromone. Journal of Experimental Biology 2017, 220(4):645-651. 

34.Wang ZW, Wen P, Qu YF, Dong SH, Li JJ, Tan K, Nieh JC: Bees eavesdrop upon informative and persistent signal compounds in alarm pheromones. Scientific Reports 2016, 6. 

35.Wang ZW, Qu YF, Dong SH, Wen P, Li JJ, Tan K, Menzel R: Honey Bees Modulate Their Olfactory Learning in the Presence of Hornet Predators and Alarm Component. Plos One 2016, 11(2). 

36.Tan K, Qu YF, Wang ZW, Liu ZW, Engel MS: Haplotype diversity and genetic similarity among populations of the Eastern honey bee from Himalaya-Southwest China and Nepal (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Apidologie 2016, 47(2):197-205. 

37.Tan K, Dong SH, Li XY, Liu XW, Wang C, Li JJ, Nieh JC: Honey Bee Inhibitory Signaling Is Tuned to Threat Severity and Can Act as a Colony Alarm Signal. Plos Biology 2016, 14(3). 

38.Gong ZW, Wang C, Nieh JC, Tan K: Inhibiting DNA methylation alters olfactory extinction but not acquisition learning in Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Journal of Insect Physiology 2016, 90:43-48. 

39.Wen P, Mo JC, Lu CW, Tan K, Sobotnik J, Sillam-Dusses D: Sex-pairing pheromone of Ancistrotermes dimorphus (Isoptera: Macrotermitinae). Journal of Insect Physiology 2015, 83:8-14. 

40.Tan K, Wang YC, Dong SH, Liu XW, Zhuang D, Chen WW, Oldroyd BP: Associations between reproduction and work in workers of the Asian hive bee Apis cerana. Journal of Insect Physiology 2015, 82:33-37. 

41.Tan K, Liu XW, Dong SH, Wang C, Oldroyd BP: Pheromones affecting ovary activation and ovariole loss in the Asian honey bee Apis cerana. Journal of Insect Physiology 2015, 74:25-29. 

42.Tan K, Latty T, Dong SH, Liu XW, Wang C, Oldroyd BP: Individual honey bee (Apis cerana) foragers adjust their fuel load to match variability in forage reward. Scientific Reports 2015, 5. 

43.Tan K, Dong SH, Liu XW, Chen WW, Wang YC, Oldroyd BP, Latty T: Phantom alternatives influence food preferences in the eastern honeybee Apis cerana. Journal of Animal Ecology 2015, 84(2):509-517. 

44.Tan K, Chen WW, Dong SH, Liu XW, Wang YC, Nieh JC: A neonicotinoid impairs olfactory learning in Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) exposed as larvae or as adults. Scientific Reports 2015, 5. 

45.Holmes MJ, Tan K, Wang Z, Oldroyd BP, Beekman M: Genetic reincarnation of workers as queens in the Eastern honeybee Apis cerana. Heredity 2015, 114(1):65-68. 

46.Zhao WZ, Tan K, Zhou DY, Wang M, Cheng CF, Yu ZY, Miao YW, He SY: Phylogeographic analysis of Apis cerana populations on Hainan Island and southern mainland China, based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Apidologie 2014, 45(1):21-33. 

47.Wang ZW, Tan K: Comparative analysis of olfactory learning of Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Apidologie 2014, 45(1):45-52. 

48.Wang ZW, Chen G, Tan K: Both olfactory and visual cues promote the hornet Vespa velutina to locate its honeybee prey Apis cerana. Insectes Sociaux 2014, 61(1):67-70. 

49.Tan K, Latty T, Hu ZWN, Wang ZW, Yang S, Chen WW, Oldroyd BP: Preferences and tradeoffs in nectar temperature and nectar concentration in the Asian hive bee Apis cerana. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2014, 68(1):13-20. 

50.Tan K, Chen WW, Dong SH, Liu XW, Wang YC, Nieh JC: Imidacloprid Alters Foraging and Decreases Bee Avoidance of Predators. Plos One 2014, 9(7). 

51.Remnant EJ, Koetz A, Tan K, Hinson E, Beekman M, Oldroyd BP: Reproductive interference between honeybee species in artificial sympatry. Molecular Ecology 2014, 23(5):1096-1107. 

52.Li JJ, Wang ZW, Tan K, Qu YF, Nieh JC: Effects of natural and synthetic alarm pheromone and individual pheromone components on foraging behavior of the giant Asian honey bee, Apis dorsata. Journal of Experimental Biology 2014, 217(19):3512-3518. 

53.Li JJ, Wang ZW, Tan K, Qu YF, Nieh JC: Giant Asian honeybees use olfactory eavesdropping to detect and avoid ant predators. Animal Behaviour 2014, 97:69-76. 

54.Holmes MJ, Tan K, Wang Z, Oldroyd BP, Beekman M: Why acquiesce? Worker reproductive parasitism in the Eastern honeybee (Apis cerana). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2014, 27(5):939-949. 

55.Holmes MJ, Tan K, Wang Z, Oldroyd BP, Beekman M: Effect of queen excluders on ovary activation in workers of the Eastern honeybee Apis cerana. Insectes Sociaux 2014, 61(2):191-196. 

56.Tan K, Yang S, Wang ZW, Menzel R: Effect of Flumethrin on Survival and Olfactory Learning in Honeybees. Plos One 2013, 8(6). 

57.Tan K, Wang ZW, Chen WW, Hu ZW, Oldroyd BP: The 'I see you' prey-predator signal of Apis cerana is innate. Naturwissenschaften 2013, 100(3):245-248. 

58.Tan K, Hu ZW, Chen WW, Wang ZW, Wang YC, Nieh JC: Fearful Foragers: Honey Bees Tune Colony and Individual Foraging to Multi-Predator Presence and Food Quality. Plos One 2013, 8(9). 

59.Holmes MJ, Tan K, Wang Z, Oldroyd BP, Beekman M: Honeybee (Apis cerana) guards do not discriminate between robbers and reproductive parasites. Insectes Sociaux 2013, 60(2):265-271. 

60.Tan K, Yang S, Wang ZW, Radloff SE, Oldroyd BP: Differences in foraging and broodnest temperature in the honey bees Apis cerana and A-mellifera. Apidologie 2012, 43(6):618-623. 

61.Tan K, Yang MX, Wang ZW, Radloff SE, Pirk CWW: The pheromones of laying workers in two honeybee sister species: Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Physiology a-Neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology 2012, 198(4):319-323. 

62.Tan K, Yang MX, Wang ZW, Li H, Zhang ZY, Radloff SE, Hepburn R: Cooperative wasp-killing by mixed-species colonies of honeybees, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Apidologie 2012, 43(2):195-200. 

63.Tan K, Wang ZW, Yang MX, Fuchs S, Luo LJ, Zhang ZY, Li H, Zhuang D, Yang S, Tautz J et al: Asian hive bees, Apis cerana, modulate dance communication in response to nectar toxicity and demand. Animal Behaviour 2012, 84(6):1589-1594. 

64.Tan K, Wang ZW, Li H, Yang S, Hu ZW, Kastberger G, Oldroyd BP: An 'I see you' prey-predator signal between the Asian honeybee, Apis cerana, and the hornet, Vespa velutina. Animal Behaviour 2012, 83(4):879-882. 

65.Yang MX, Wang ZW, Li H, Zhang ZY, Tan K, Radloff SE, Hepburn HR: Thermoregulation in mixed-species colonies of honeybees (Apis cerana and Apis mellifera). Journal of Insect Physiology 2010, 56(7):706-709. 

66.Yang MX, Tan K, Radloff SE, Pirk CWW, Hepburn HR: Hetero-specific queen retinue behavior of worker bees in mixed-species colonies of Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Apidologie 2010, 41(1):54-61. 

67.Yang MX, Tan K, Radloff SE, Phiancharoen M, Hepburn HR: Comb construction in mixed-species colonies of honeybees, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Journal of Experimental Biology 2010, 213(10):1659-1664. 

68.Yang MX, Radloff S, Tan K, Hepburn R: Anti-predator Fan-blowing in Guard Bees, Apis mellifera capensis Esch. Journal of Insect Behavior 2010, 23(1):12-18. 

69.Tan K, Wang ZW, Yang MX, Hepburn R, Radloff S: Nestmate Recognition Differences between Honeybee Colonies of Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. Journal of Insect Behavior 2010, 23(5):381-388. 

70.Tan K, Wang ZW, Li H, Yang MX, Pirk CWW, Hepburn HR, Radloff SE: Responses of Queenright and Queenless Workers of Apis Cerana to 9-keto-2(E)-decenoic Acid, a Pheromonal Constituent of the Mandibular Gland. Journal of Chemical Ecology 2010, 36(9):966-968. 

71.Tan K, Li H, Yang MX, Hepburn HR, Radloff SE: Wasp hawking induces endothermic heat production in guard bees. Journal of Insect Science 2010, 10. 

72.Radloff SE, Hepburn C, Hepburn HR, Fuchs S, Hadisoesilo S, Tan K, Engel MS, Kuznetsov V: Population structure and classification of Apis cerana. Apidologie 2010, 41(6):589-601. 

73.Tan K, Yang MX, Radloff SE, Yu YS, Pirk CWW, Hepburn HR: Intra- and interspecific brood recognition in pure and mixed-species honeybee colonies, Apis cerana and A. mellifera. Apidologie 2009, 40(2):184-191. 

74.Tan K, Yang M, Radloff S, Pirk CWW, Crewe RM, Phiancharoen M, Hepburn R, Oldroyd BP: Worker reproduction in mixed-species colonies of honey bees. Behavioral Ecology 2009, 20(5):1106-1110. 

75.Dainat B, Ken T, Berthoud H, Neumann P: The ectoparasitic mite Tropilaelaps mercedesae (Acari, Laelapidae) as a vector of honeybee viruses. Insectes Sociaux 2009, 56(1):40-43. 

76.Tan K, Yang MX, Radloff SE, Hepburn HR, Zhang ZY, Luo LJ, Li H: Dancing to different tunes: heterospecific deciphering of the honeybee waggle dance. Naturwissenschaften 2008, 95(12):1165-1168. 

77.Tan K, Hepburn HR, Radloff SE, Fuchs S, Fan X, Zhang LJ, Yang MX: Multivariate morphometric analysis of the Apis cerana of China. Apidologie 2008, 39(3):343-353. 

78.Tan K, Fuchs S, Engel MS: An adventitious distal abscissa in the forewing of honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis). Apidologie 2008, 39(6):674-682. 

79.Li JJ, Tan K, He S: Hornet predation risk: apperception and response by honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Research 2008, 47(2):174-175. 

80.Tan K, Warrit N, Smith DR: Mitochondrial DNA diversity of Chinese Apis cerana. Apidologie 2007, 38(3):238-246. 

81.Tan K, Radlow SE, Hepburn HR, Yang MX, Zhang LJ, Fan X: Environmentally-induced developmental effects on morphometric characters of workers in Apis cerana colonies. Apidologie 2007, 38(3):289-295. 

82.Tan K, Radloff SE, Li JJ, Hepburn HR, Yang MX, Zhang LJ, Neumann P: Bee hawking by the wasp, Vespa velutina, on the honeybees Apis cerana and A-mellifera. Naturwissenschaften 2007, 94(6):469-472. 

83.Tan K, Guo YH, Nicolson SW, Radloff SE, Song QS, Hepburn HR: Honeybee (Apis cerana) foraging responses to the toxic honey of Tripterygium hypoglaucum (Celastraceae): Changing threshold of nectar acceptability. Journal of Chemical Ecology 2007, 33(12):2209-2217. 

84.Tan K, Meixner MD, Fuchs S, Zhang X, He SY, Kandemir I, Sheppard WS, Koeniger N: Geographic distribution of the eastern honeybee, Apis cerana (Hymenoptera : Apidae) across ecological zones in China: morphological and molecular analyses. Systematics and Biodiversity 2006, 4(4):473-482. 

85.Tan K, Hepburn HR, He SY, Radloff SE, Neumann P, Fang X: Gigantism in honeybees: Apis cerana queens reared in mixed-species colonies. Naturwissenschaften 2006, 93(7):315-320. 

86.Radloff SE, Hepburn HR, Hepburn C, Fuchs S, Otis GW, Sein MM, Aung HL, Pham HT, Tam DQ, Nuru AM et al: Multivariate morphometric analysis of Apis cerana of southern mainland Asia. Apidologie 2005, 36(1):127-139. 

87.Radloff SE, Hepburn HR, Fuchs S, Otis GW, Hadisoesilo S, Hepburn C, Ken T: Multivariate morphometric analysis of the Apis cerana populations of oceanic Asia. Apidologie 2005, 36(3):475-492. 

88.Ken T, Hepburn HR, Radloff SE, Yu YS, Liu YQ, Zhou DY, Neumann P: Heat-balling wasps by honeybees. Naturwissenschaften 2005, 92(10):492-495. 

89.Hepburn HR, Radloff SE, Otis GW, Fuchs S, Verma LR, Ken T, Chaiyawong T, Tahmasebi G, Ebadi R, Wongsiri S: Apis florea: morphometrics, classification and biogeography. Apidologie 2005, 36(3):359-376. 

90.Zhou T, Anderson DL, Huang ZY, Huang SX, Yao J, Ken T, Zhang QW: Identification of Varroa mites (Acari : Varroidae) infesting Apis cerana and Apis mellifera in China. Apidologie 2004, 35(6):645-654. 

91.Ken T, Fuchs S, Koeniger N, Zan RG: Morphological characterization of Apis cerana in the Yunnan Province of China. Apidologie 2003, 34(6):553-561. 

92.Ken T: CHINA - A FUTURE HONEY IMPORTER. American Bee Journal 1995, 135(1):11-11. 



Community service:

2004-present Chair of Bee Biology section of Asian Apicultural Association

Commitment to research the situation:
2001-2006    Genetic diversity of Yunnan honeybee, RMB100,000;
2006-2008   Breeding and selection of A.cerana, RMB80,000;
2006-2009  Breeding system of A. cerana, RMB 200,000;
2006-2009  Genetic diversity of China A. cerana, RMB260,000;

2013-2016  Genetic diversity of China feral honeybee  in Himalaya mountain region, RMB 470,000.