alexa Honeybees Apis mellifera can detect the scent of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Microbiology

Microbiology

Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

Author(s): Suckling DM, Sagar RL

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Abstract The proboscis extension reflex in honeybees was evaluated for detection of tuberculosis. Restrained bees were tested with methyl phenylacetate, methyl p-anisate, and methyl nicotinate, previously identified from Mycobacterium tuberculosis cultures, to determine honeybee capacity for signature volatile detection. Methyl p-anisate and methyl phenylacetate were detectable over eight orders of magnitude, and honeybees showed proboscis extension response down to 0.1 pg loading of methyl p-anisate on filter paper. Potential exists for trained honeybees in non-invasive diagnostic tests for TB. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Tuberculosis (Edinb) and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

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