How the Scent of Angry Bees Could Protect Elephants
It may be hard for people in the U.S. to imagine, but just like the bunnies that nibble at beans and carrots, elephants in parts of Africa are huge garden pests, trampling crops and nomming up the vegetables. Many conflicts—and elephant deaths—happen after they raid the precious crops of villagers. In recent years, however, conservationists have noticed something about elephants—they really, really don’t like bees. Now, reports Kimberly Hickok at LiveScience, a new study suggests that the elephants react to a pheromone produced by the bees, one that can be synthesized in the lab and used as an effective pachyderm repellent.