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Honeybees sterilise their hives with antimicrobial resin, give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", scientists have discovered

 
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Honeybees sterilise their hives with antimicrobial resin, give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", scientists have discovered
In doing so, they give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", which lessens the need for each individual bee to have a strong immune system.
Although honeybee resin is known to kill a range of pathogens, this is the first time that bees themselves have been shown to utilise its properties.

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Re: Honeybees sterilise their hives with antimicrobial resin, give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", scientists have discovered
In doing so, they give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", which lessens the need for each individual bee to have a strong immune system.
Although honeybee resin is known to kill a range of pathogens, this is the first time that bees themselves have been shown to utilise its properties.

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Re: Honeybees sterilise their hives with antimicrobial resin, give the whole colony a form of "social immunity", scientists have discovered
A number of studies have shown that propolis has a range of antimicrobial properties, but mostly in relation to human health. For example, numerous publications cite its effectiveness against viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells. hmm





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