Announcements

Job offersmore »





Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Bees learn to play golf

Maybe you've got some bumblebees flying around in your greenhouse. They're busy pollinating, happily flying from one tomato plant to the next. But did you ever wonder if some of those fellows might be into sports? Golf, perhaps?

Sounds ridiculous, right? However, scientists of the Queen Mary University of London have discovered that it is indeed possible to teach a bumblebee how to play "golf".

They built a circular platform with a small hole in the centre filled with sugar solution, into which bees had to move a ball to get a reward. A researcher showed them how to do this by using a plastic bee on a stick to push the ball.

The researchers then took three groups of other bees and trained them in different ways. One group observed a previously trained bee solving the task; another was shown the ball moving into the hole, pulled by a hidden magnet; and a third group was given no demonstration, but was shown the ball already in the hole containing the reward.

The bees then did the task themselves. Those that had watched other bees do it were most successful and took less time than those in the other groups to solve the task. Bees given the magnetic demonstration were also more successful than those not given one.



Source: New Scientist

Publication date: 2/27/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

5/23/2018 Cucumber crop size of great importance for light interception
5/18/2018 China: South Holland province officials visit vegetable project CAU Futong
5/18/2018 Spain: Project to find uses for plant sub-waste
5/17/2018 Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation
5/17/2018 Monitoring growth, pests and diseases
5/17/2018 "LED in greenhouse horticulture not yet fully developed"
5/16/2018 C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity
5/16/2018 Canadian, Israeli companies work together on MJ LED lighting
5/16/2018 US (NY): Comparing LED, HPS and MH luminaires
5/16/2018 Caribbean growers tour Japan in search of new technologies
5/15/2018 Australia: Using condensation and renewable energy to irrigate crops
5/15/2018 Approaches for the analysis of 3D CT images of plant roots
5/15/2018 Spanish scientists find genes to adapt crops to climate change
5/14/2018 Is growing fruit and veg with LEDs truly sustainable?
5/10/2018 From phones to farms with Samsung
5/8/2018 Planting automation system wins science & technology award
5/7/2018 NL: "Optimal climate control appears to be quite puzzling"
5/7/2018 China: Oboya signs broad cooperation agreement
5/7/2018 UK: Blockchain and global food production
5/7/2018 How to develop the ideal spray boom?