A Study Reveals That Caffeine in Plants Draws Bees
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Researchers have found that bees are attracted to plants with a little bit of caffeine in their nectar. Plants use a few different methods to get pollinators to return to their flowers, like making their nectar sweet with sugar, or producing a nice fragrance. Geraldine Wright, a specialist on honeybee brains from Newcastle University in England said: “The plant is using this as a drug to change a pollinator’s behavior for its own benefit.”

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A study reveals that caffeine in plants draws bees. Researchers have found that bees are attracted to plants with a little bit of caffeine in their nectar. Plants use a few different methods to get pollinators to return to their flowers, like making their nectar sweet with sugar, or producing a nice fragrance. Geraldine Wright, a specialist on honeybee brains from Newcastle University in England said: “The plant is using this as a drug to change a pollinator’s behavior for its own benefit.” Psychoactive compounds like caffeine have an effect on brain function.Caffeine is a stimulant to humans and bees alike.According to the study when bees are exposed to small amounts of caffeine, their memory function is slightly enhanced, which might be a strategy to get the bees to remember the plant and come back to it later for more nectar. Honeybees and other pollinating insects are an essential part of agriculture. They are threatened by habitat loss, mite infestations, and Colony Collapse Disorder, Colony Collapse Disorder happens when the majority of worker bees die off, and their bodies are not found near the hive.