Friday, June 25, 2004

How honeybees regulate the temperature of their nest..

Honeybees can precisely regulate the temperature of their nest- and they do it thanks to genetically determined variations in their individual thermostats. The new research has revealed one of the few known benefits of the high genetic diversity found in honeybee colonies.

Maintaining a nest temperature of between about 32DC and 36DC is vital during spring and summer, when eggs are developing and hatching.

If they don't keep the nest at this temperature, the brood won't develop properly,says Julia Jones of the University of Sydney, Australia, who led the work.

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