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Honeybees Trained To Detect Mines In Croatia

Researchers in Croatia have come up with an innovative way to find unexploded mines in Croatia and the region. Sugar-craving honeybees are being trained in Croatia to find unexploded mines.

Bee’s perfect sense of smell make them perfect for the experiment to quickly detect the scent of explosives and the team at Zagreb University are training the bee’s to identify their food with the scent of TNT. The research is part of a multimillion de-mining project sponsored by the EU to detect land mines on the continent.

With a suspected 750 square kilometres of land still filled with mines from the Balkan wars in the 1990’s, the head of Croatia’s de-mining bureau Dijana Plestina says that the unexploded mines present a large obstacle for Croatia’s population and industry development. Plestina says that terror still exists for a large number of people living in areas suspected to have mines, reported Time.

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