Coffee Plants Improve Memory…In Bees

You read that correctly:Bee on flower

Honeybees were found to get a shot of caffeine from certain flowers, which in
turn boosted memory so that the bees return to the same type of plant – a
benefit to both the bees and the plants. A recent study at Newcastle University
found that coffee plants were an obvious source of caffeine for the bees, but
some citrus plants also contained caffeine. Bees exposed to caffeine were as likely to remember a floral scent, which they demonstrated by extending their feeding tubes, up to 3 days after the initial experience. Scientists hope to
eventually be able to manage landscapes from understanding bee habits.

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