Nicotine and Caffeine Can Help Extend Bees' Life, Study Says

February 19, 2015 12:19 PM

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A new study discovered that floral nectar with a bouquet of natural chemicals may actually help fight parasite infection in bumblebees.

A team of scientists looked at hundreds of eastern bumblebees (Bombus impatiens) and their intestinal parasite, Crithidia bombi. These parasites are known to shorten the lives of infected bees and lead to problems in the colony, the University of Massachusetts Amherst reported.

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