Gallery: Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines


Bees have already done a host of great services for the human race – they pollinate flowers, cure diseases, and produce honey. Now scientists in Croatia have found another role for the intrepid insect. The country, which is set to join the European Union this July, contains thousands of unexploded landmines left over from the Balkan wars. Researchers at Zagreb University are working towards training honeybees to sniff out these underground weapons over a 750 square-kilometer area where the devices are believed to remain.

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1 Comment

  1. Hyncharas May 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I knew it; bees aren’t disappearing because of GM crops or global warming… they’re being blown to smithereens by landmines!

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