Coffee And Cigarettes Could Help Bees Beat Parasites

February 19, 2015 9:27 AM

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According to a new report published this week in the Royal Society’s Proceedings B, the nectar from flowers contains specific chemicals that could aid in fighting a parasite infection, Crithidia bombi, in bees. Crithidia bombi is a parasite that is spread through bee feces. It lowers their ability to reproduce and to survive winter.

A research team from the University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire evaluated the effects of eight separate nectar compounds on 539 North American bumblebees that had been infected in the laboratory with Crithidia bombi. Following the infection, the bees were permitted to fe...

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