Essex Bees
Accidental Discovery Could Wipe Out One of Bee’s Worst Enemies
Nov 12th, 2018

A team of German scientists discovered a new chemical compound that could save honey bees from Varroa mites — parasites that suck blood and harm colonies.


Global bee populations are on the decline, thanks to threats like fungicides and neonicotinoid pesticides. But honey bees in particular are plagued by another menace — a type of parasite called the Varroa mite. These mites attach themselves to honey bees after making their way into a colony and proceed to suck the bees’ blood. This not only shortens the bees’ lifespan, but also passes along diseases.


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Honey Bees May Unlock The Secrets Of How The Human Brain Works
Nov 12th, 2018

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have discovered that looking at honey bees in a colony in the same way as neurons in a brain could help us better understand the basic mechanisms of human behaviour.


The team studied a theoretical model of how honeybees decide where to build their nest and viewed the bee colony as a single superorganism which displays a coordinated response to external stimuli – similar to the human brain. The study concluded that the way in which bees “speak” with each other and make decisions is comparable to the way the many individual neurons in the human brain interact with each other.


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