Bee--ing Good IED Scouts

December 2006
Aviation Week & Space Technology;12/11/2006, Vol. 165 Issue 23, p34
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The article provides information on the training technique developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists to train bees detect explosives. The scientists will harness the exceptional olfactory sense of honeybees so they could alert troops to the presence of deadly improvised explosive devices in combat zones. The Pavlovian training technique is common in bee research to elicit the proboscis extension reflex when bees sensed certain explosive materials.


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