PTE听力口语-科学60秒:Bees enjoy flower nicotine drug

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This is Scientific American — 60-Second Science. I’mChristopher Intagliata.
We humans enjoy coffee and tea, to give our brainsa caffeine boost. And bees sometimes sip nectarthat naturally contains caffeine, which seems toenhance their memory. Now a study suggests thatbees enjoy another familiar drug produced by plants: nicotine.
As it turns out, not just in humans, but even the bees seem to have difficulties quitting.” LarsChittka, a professor of behavioral and sensory ecology at Queen Mary University of London.
Chittka and his colleagues studied bumblebees as they visited fake flowers that containedvarying levels of nicotine. Unnaturally high nicotine concentrations deterred the bees. But atrealworld levels, the drug attracted bees. And they even learned a flower’s color faster, if thatflower offered a nicotine fix.
Sometimes bees paid a steep price for this preference. “They returned actually to flowers thathad previously sold them nicotine, so to speak, even if these flowers no longer containednectar.”

Which might give nicotinepushing plants, like tobacco, an edge. “It provides these plantspecies with an unfair advantage over competing plants, because they can retain thefaithful services of pollinators, even if they’re offering suboptimal nectar in this case.”
The results are in the journal Scientific Reports.
And if caffeine and nicotine have these effects on bees? Perhaps natural floral pharmaciesstock other drugs toothat enhance pollination, and give bees a buzz.
Thanks for listening for Scientific American — 60-Second Science Science. I’m ChristopherIntagliata.

 

 

 

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