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How bees use the waggle dance

MiCRA Scientists explain how bees use the waggle dance as google maps for pollen

MiCRA Scientists explain how bees use the waggle dance as google maps for pollen

Analysis: the carefully choreographed movement tells other bees where to go to find pollen within five kilometres of the hive

Bees provide pollination to virtually every fruit and vegetable plant thus playing a crucial role in agricultural food production and wild plant diversity and conservation. They are also an important source of income for beekeepers and this contributes to the economic value of rural areas (there are an estimated 3,000 beekeepers in Ireland).

However, human activity is causing dramatic declines in insects. A recent study in the Biological Conservation journal reported that 40% of insect species could be gone in a few decades and that the world is witnessing the "largest extinction event on the earth". The main factors affecting the health of bees are biological (diseases, parasites invasive species etc chemical (pesticides etc), environmental (landscape fragmentation and modern agricultural landscapes), climate and hive management.

Baljit Singh
TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus
Dr Baljit Singh is Principal Investigator & Project Manager at the MiCRA Biodiagnostics Technology Gateway at TU Dublin

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