May 10, 2011
Research Bees Stolen From Medical School
Who would want to steal thousands of bees? That is what police in the Scottish region of Tayside would like to know. Four beehives containing British black bees were seen being taken away by two men from the grounds of a medical school in the city of Dundee, Reuters is reporting.
Dr. Chris Connolly, the lead researcher, reported the bees missing Sunday. In a statement he described the bees as "very unique" and said they should be easy to identify if they are resold.
The Center for Neurosciences at the Dundee University's medical school is investigating the potential effect of pesticides on bee learning and health as part of a $3.3 million project, BBC News reports.
The study was investigating the potential effect of pesticides on bee learning and health. It is not known whether they were stolen for their breeding potential or for another reason.
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- Center for Neurosciences, Dundee University Medical School
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