Navigation Links
Detecting explosives with honeybees

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a method for training the common honey bee to detect the explosives used in bombs. Based on knowledge of bee biology, the new techniques could become a leading tool in the fight against the use of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, which present a critical vulnerability for American military troops abroad and is an emerging danger for civilians worldwide.

By studying bee behavior and testing and improving on technologies already on the market, Los Alamos scientists developed methods to harness the honey bee's exceptional olfactory sense where the bees' natural reaction to nectar, a proboscis extension reflex (sticking out their tongue), could be used to record an unmistakable response to a scent. Using Pavlovian training techniques common to bee research, they trained bees to give a positive detection response, via the proboscis extension reflex, when they were exposed to vapors from TNT, C4, TATP explosives and propellants.

According to Tim Haarmann, principal investigator for the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project, the project applies old knowledge to a pressing new problem. Haarmann said, “Scientists have long marveled at the honey bee's phenomenal sense of smell, which rivals that of dogs,?said Haarmann. “But previous attempts to harness and understand this ability were scientifically unproven. With more knowledge, our team thought we could make use of this ability.?

The team that Haarmann put together began with research into why bees are such good detectors, going beyond merely demonstrating that bees can be used to identify the presence of explosives. By looking at such attributes as protein expression, the team sought to isolate genetic and physiological differences between those bees with good olfaction and those without. They also determined how well bees could detect explosives in the presence of potentially interfering agents, such as lotions, motor oil, or in
'"/>

Source:DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Measurement Challenges In Detecting Cancer Biomarkers
2. Detecting microalgae in coastal waters
3. Detecting poisons in nectar is an odour-ous task for honeybees
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Detecting explosives with honeybees

(Date:10/15/2014)... Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as a full member, ... maintain a significant nationwide standing in the field ... Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as a full member ... national and international competition for the best minds ... be proud that Mainz University has been recognized ...
(Date:10/15/2014)... Oct. 15, 2014   Neurotechnology , a ... the availability of the VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 ... provides real-time biometric face identification using live video ... cameras. The new version not only identifies faces ... from objects while they are moving through the ...
(Date:10/14/2014)... is how to produce enough food to feed the ... Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that food ... to feed a growing global population, and plants are ... production. Plants—grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, and more—feed humans ... must tap into our knowledge of how plants work ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 2Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joins Germany's Gauss-Allianz as a full member 3VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 SDK Identifies Faces and Moving Objects, Differentiates Pedestrians from Other Moving Objects in Video Surveillance Systems 2VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 SDK Identifies Faces and Moving Objects, Differentiates Pedestrians from Other Moving Objects in Video Surveillance Systems 3Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture 2Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture 3
... how cells work may get a boost from a new ... The new technique, developed by a research team ... chemistry Lawrence Miller, provides the clearest, most dynamic view yet ... modified microscope. The finding is reported in the ...
... Riverside,s mobile emissions laboratory was back on the road ... Beaumont testing ways to better measure particulates from diesel ... Air Resources Board, a team of UC Riverside researchers ... for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), are attempting to ...
... Patent Office has issued a patent to Dr. Mark ... University, for his invention of an "Electromagnetic Probe Device" ... for Micromanufacturing. DeCoster, in collaboration with co-inventor Dr. ... New Orleans, developed the device for use in conjunction ...
Cached Biology News:New tagging technique enhances view of living cells 2UC Riverside researchers measure diesel emissions on the freeway 2Louisiana Tech professor, researcher receives patent for electromagnetic technology 2
(Date:10/20/2014)... , Oct. 20, 2014 Asterias Biotherapeutics, ... Company has signed a Notice of Grant Award ... (CIRM), effective October 1, 2014.  The NGA provides ... and the release of additional grant funds pursuant ... award for clinical development of Asterias, product, AST-OPC1. ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... PureTech , a science and technology development ... today the closing of a $55 million growth ... a $120 Billion group of funds. The funding ... forward and to advance new healthcare related products ... really go for the big ideas that can ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 19, 2014 The Latin American hardware ... in Latin America with analysis and forecast of revenue. ... and is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018, ... , Browse through the TOC of the Latin American ... the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides a glimpse ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... The Asian Automatic patient billing report defines and segments ... revenue. The Automatic patient billing market in Asia is ... at a developing CAGR of 7.2% from 2013 to ... Automatic patient billing market, to get an idea of ... of the segmentation of this market in the same ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 2Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 4PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 2PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 3PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 4PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 5PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 6The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
... , RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 18 Sangamo ... from the University of Pennsylvania investigator sponsored Phase 1 safety ... for HIV/AIDS were inadvertently and prematurely disclosed on the internet. ... University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from a single subject ...
... , EAST GRINSTEAD, West Sussex, U.K. and CLEVELAND, ... Biosciences business and premier provider of diagnostic systems ... its East Grinstead, U.K., manufacturing and research and ... its Sensititre® product line for susceptibility and identification ...
... , ... Promega Corporation and SwitchGear Genomics announce a novel method for characterizing DNA-protein interactions. ... ... announce a novel method for characterizing DNA-protein interactions. Results of a study using ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sangamo BioSciences Provides Update on Phase 1 Safety Trial of SB-728-T for HIV/AIDS 2TREK Diagnostic Systems Opens New U.K. Facility in East Grinstead to Meet Expanded Customer Demand for Microbiology Products 2TREK Diagnostic Systems Opens New U.K. Facility in East Grinstead to Meet Expanded Customer Demand for Microbiology Products 3TREK Diagnostic Systems Opens New U.K. Facility in East Grinstead to Meet Expanded Customer Demand for Microbiology Products 4Promega and SwitchGear Publish Findings from Combined Technologies that Correlate Binding Events and Transcriptional Activity 2
... Super-Sensitive, Super-Dark, Super-Small! ... with the ChemiDoc-It Imaging System. High-sensitivity ... produces low-background noise and wide dynamic ... a short exposure time. The light-tight ...
Mouse monoclonal [X223] to Lamin B1 + B2 - Nuclear Envelope Marker ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 4001 SwissProtID: P20700...
... Evidence Based Oligonucleotide) Genome Set and MEEBO ... Set contain a collection of open source ... exons, allowing interrogation of thousands of genes. ... Stanford University and UCSF, the sets enable ...
odz, odd Oz/ten-m homolog 1 [Source:RefSeq_peptide;Acc:NP_055068] Antigen: Recombinant Protein Epitope Signature Tag (PrEST)....
Biology Products: