Researchers have translated the "conversations" honeybees have with each other, to the point that scientists can now eavesdrop on such communications to learn from bee wisdom, a study finds.
Honeybees, via their waggle dances, share detailed information about the environment, so scientists may now monitor wide sections of a given landscape without even breaking a sweat. Details about the research are published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology.
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"In the past two decades, the European Union has spent €41 billion ($56.17 billion) on agri-environment schemes, which aim to improve the rural landscape health and are required for all EU-member states," co-author Margaret Couvillon of the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex said in a press release.
"However, there is little evidence evaluating these schemes," she continued. "Our work uses a novel source of data - the honeybee, an organism that itself can benefit from a healthy rural landscape - to evaluate not only the environment, but also the schemes used to manage that environment."