Bees with backpacks
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Bees are necessary for assisting many other plants to produce the foods we eat, including meat and milk. But in Europe and America, beehives are disappearing. This could have catastrophic effects on food production. This “colony collapse disorder” has not yet been seen in Australia.
Australian scientists are studying bee behaviour to add their knowledge to the problem. Bees are fitted with electronic chips which record their movements in and out of the hive. In this way, the scientists can build up a picture of the behaviour of a healthy hive.