Explosives detection using bees

Explosives detection using bees

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Caption: Explosives detection using bees. Honey bees (Apis mellifera, across bottom) inside a security surveillence device being used to detect chemical explosives. Honey bees are sensitive to the smell of flower nectar and pollen, but here have been trained to detect the smells from chemical explosives. The bees are exposed to the outside air through tubes (across top). When they detect explosives, their reaction is observed on a computer monitor. This work is being carried out by the UK research company Insense.

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