School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Honey bees' genetic code unlocked

18 December 2012

Researchers have unlocked the genetic secrets of honey bees' high sensitivity to environmental change. Their findings, which show links between nutrition, environment and the insects' development, could offer an insight into problems like Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious cause of global mass bee deaths. Study co-authors Dr Paul Hurd from School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London and Dr Mark Dickman from the University of Sheffield explain the complex structure of honey bee societies to BBC News.

This story has been reported on BBC News.