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.
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.