Universal Language of Honey Bees

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Scientists have made a real life breakthrough in understanding how he's talked to each other in a paper appearing in the April edition of animal behavior. Researchers shared the discovery of a universal calibration that makes it possible to decode honeybee waggled dances. It works across subspecies and landscapes and this finding could help us maintain existing be populations. Pretty important stuff. We've talked about waggled dances before on this show. But here's a refresher. When a worker bee finds a new source of nectar nearby it dances in a distinctive figure eight pattern to let other bees know about the good news. There's even a designated dancefloor near the entrance of the high where Wagle dances take. Ace honeybees aren't waggling willy nilly, though. Certain aspects of the dance communicate details about the nectar source. How long the dance lasts corresponds with a distance to the source, for instance. And the angle of the bees dancing body. Relative to the sun indicates the direction of the source figuring out the meaning of Wagle dances was such a big deal. It led to a Nobel prize for Australian zoologist Karl von Frisch in nineteen Seventy-three. But researchers at Virginia Tech recently noticed that bees communicating the same nectar source. Sometimes vary their waggled dances. So they developed their own distance duration calibration system that factored in what they called noise or variation between bees who visit the same source. They discovered that that be to be variation is so high it renders the location and subspecies of the be biologically irrelevant that made it possible for them to create a universal calibration for decoding waggled dances. This universe. Calibration makes it possible for researchers worldwide to understand where bees are collecting food. And this knowledge can inform be friendly planting practices Beazer kind of a big deal because according to Greenpeace USA seventy out of the top one hundred food crops are pollinated by bees. If you do the math that means that bees are responsible for one of every three bites of food. You eat the biggest threats to bees right now are pesticides and habitat loss. And those could be minimized by using information about where bees forage pretty important research for us to be spending our time on wouldn't you say, no, I know what the buzz is all about.

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