Explosives detection using bees

Explosives detection using bees

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Explosives detection using bees. Researcher John Wilkins examining honey bees (Apis mellifera) attached to mounts to be used inside a security surveillence device 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 placed in a box and exposed to the outside air through tubes. 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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