I. Emilie Steinmark

Scientific American

A Vaccine to Shield Threatened Honeybees from Disease

Bees use an egg yolk protein to prime their offspring’s immune system against different pathogens, Finnish researchers have discovered. This deeper understanding of how honeybee immune systems function means that a bee ‘vaccine’ capable of protecting pollinators against disease is now potentially within reach.

Fruity Alternative to Toxic Insect Repellents

A compound found in fruit could be the safe insect repellent of the future, according to a group of scientists from the University of California, Riverside in the US. Insects annually destroy huge amounts of agricultural produce. Finding safe and effective repellents is, therefore, a top priority for agrichemical producers.


During my eight weeks at Chemistry World, four stories were chosen by Scientific American for re-publishing – two of them mine, the above.