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You Asked: Is it true that infants should not be given honey?

3 Jan 2019

Problems can arise if infants under a year old, or patients who are immune-compromised, ingest honey that contains spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These spores are ubiquitous in soil and...

Farmer ants and their aphid herds

16 Aug 2017

Several species of ants have a special symbiotic relationship with aphids- they farm them! Aphids feed primarily on the sap from plants and secrete a liquid called honeydew. This secretion is very...

King Tut’s Sweet Tooth

31 May 2017

Among the treasures discovered during the famous 1922 archaeological excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was a jar of honey.  Archaeologists tasted it (brave souls those archeologists), and to...

Fear of Killer Bees

24 May 2017

In about 1956, biologists in Brazil imported a number of queen honeybees from Tanzania, intending to crossbreed them with local honey bees to produce a strain that made more honey and was better...

Honey Is More Than Just Sweet… It's also Antimicrobial

18 May 2017

Honey isn’t just useful as a topping for your toast; it’s actually a powerful antimicrobial. To the best of our knowledge, honey never spoils, as it is a supersaturated sugar solution with only 17%...

Bee Buzz

20 Mar 2017

Bees are critical to agriculture, there is no doubt about that. They fertilize various crops by spreading the pollen that they collect to meet their protein and fat needs. Recently there has been...

Honey Hype

20 Mar 2017

We have a sweet topic for today. Honey. That concentrated solution of sugars in water that was central to Winnie the Pooh's obsession. Most of us like it too. The main sugars in honey are fructose...

The Many Many Chemicals in Honey

15 Feb 2017

We live in a fascinating, complex chemical world. Smell that cup of coffee and you are sniffing hundreds of compounds! A whiff in the bathroom will add about three hundred, many of them such as...

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