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Virus attracts bumblebees to plant

  • 16-08-2016 9:41pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 20,633 ✭✭✭✭ Buford T. Justice XIX

    As per title, the virus changes the scent of infected cucumber plants to attract bees.

    Through mass spectrometry, researchers could see the change in emissions induced by the virus. They also found that bumblebees could smell the changes. Released one by one in a small 'flight arena' in the Botanic Gardens, and timed with a stopwatch by researchers, the bees consistently headed to the infected plants first, and spent longer at those plants.

    An interesting new way of attracting bees to plants may be on the way.