& # 39; Sniffer bees & # 39; are trained to take land mines away from TWO KILOMETERS while scientists mislead them into thinking that the smell of explosives is nectar
- Bees will be ready for their new role in five to ten years – saving lives
- Ross Gillanders, a researcher at the University of St. Andrews, publishes bees near possible mine fields
- Once the bees are released, they land on the spot where the bomb is
Sniffer bees are trained to smell drugs and explosives by a British academician who teaches them to find land mines.
Honey bees will be ready in five to ten years for their new role – which can save lives – and will also be trained to find hazardous materials such as pesticides and radioactive metals.
As part of the NATO-funded project, Ross Gillanders, a researcher at the University of St. Andrews, is releasing bees near potential mine fields to search for explosives at miles away.
Snuffer bees, which are cheaper and easier to manage, are trained in smelling drugs, explosives, pesticides and radioactive metals
Using a process known as & # 39; Pavlovian association & # 39; between the smell of explosives and sugar water, the bees are trained to think that the smell is nectar.
Once the bees are released, they land on the spot where the bomb is.
Dr. Gillanders told The times: & # 39; At the moment we know they can detect landmines from a distance of around 100 meters, but that should go for miles.
The trained honey bees will be ready within five to ten years for their new role – which can save lives
& # 39; It should happen immediately once they have been trained and released. & # 39;
& # 39; So they get used to it and realize after a few days that they have been smashed.
Ross Gillanders, (photo) a researcher at the University of St. Andrews, releases bees near potential mine fields to search for explosives
& # 39; You have to retrain them every few days, but hopefully they will have found the explosives by then. & # 39;
However, the scientists said you never know what could happen if you work with bees and during one test he was stabbed 20 times on the ankle.
Dr. Gillanders also works in a team with a scientist who used bees to map areas of Chernobyl after the nuclear disaster.
Researchers at the University of Cologne in 2015 claimed that bees could eventually replace dogs when detecting drugs at airports.
Bees are considered to be just as good at work, but are cheaper and easier to feed than sniffer dogs currently being used.
In one US project, bees were used to detect explosives in vehicles at checkpoints.
The bees underwent Pavlovian conditioning that led them to their & # 39; tongues & # 39; stick out when the target is smelled.
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