It turns out that bees avoid the smell of drugs in every possible way, when they are near. Recognition is carried out, thanks to the dandurion-binding proteins that are on their antennae. Smells are converted into electrical signals, to which the bees react. Aversion of the smells of drugs was found when insects were placed with them in a special cell.
Once in the wild, the bees began to behave normally again. However, the researchers do not offer airport security officials to carry a jar of bees in their pockets. Their goal is to create an appropriate sensor with “bee” abilities to detect a dangerous cargo with an accuracy of up to 95%.
To help the bees, to increase accuracy, sizzling Madagascar cockroaches and grape moth can be given. Such a “brigade” of insects will not miss the attackers and will cost much less than official dogs, the preparation and maintenance of which is very expensive.