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Scientists' discovery may help save honey bee

The BBC's Sarah Teale sees how researchers cracked the honey bee code

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have discovered and decoded communications between honey bees.

They found that honey bees make special vibrations before they swarm; an event which tends to lead to their deaths.

Scientists now hope to make a device that will warn bee keepers by email or text, giving them enough time to act.

Dr Martin Bencsik said: "This could provide a key to slowing the dramatic rate of decline in honey bee populations across the world."

Bees are the world's most important pollinating insects and are worth about £200m a year to British agriculture.

Their dramatic decline in numbers has become a cause of global concern.

It is said to be down to a combination of factors including a loss of wildflower habitats and the diversity of plants within them, as well as the use of pesticides, and disease.

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