Honey bee queens give off a chemical bouquet of scents, known as pheromones. Alison Mercer realized that one chemical in queen pheromone mimicked the shape of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Varroa destructor decimates honey bee health, spreading viruses and weakening the honey bee immune system. Greg Hunt fights back by breeding bees that intensely groom off these parasites and bite them.
I had a chance to interview Tom Seeley, who has studied how honey bees make democratic decisions, assessing the qualities of alternative nesting sites by the dance vigor and number of scouts advertising it.
The use of medical grade honey has proven highly effective in a pediatric oncology clinic in Bonn, Germany. Dr. Arne Simon demonstrates the honey gel they apply as a prophylactic on the catheter sites of their young patients.
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