British University Stung by Bee loss
by James Foytlin
Its an odd tale one reminiscent of a creepy sci-fi thriller ,a British university has been stung by a Bee theft .On Tuesday the university reported the theft of several thousand bees that were part a multi-million dollar neuroscience research project .Scottish Police are appealing for information after four bee hives containing British black bees were stolen from a medical school in the city of Dundee.Police are keen to trace a white van and two men that were seen near the area on May 8.
Dr Chris Connolly lead researcher on the Dundee neuroscience project, who had reported the bees missing Sunday said in the ultimate understatement ,"This theft will undoubtedly hamper our research,"
The bees are described as "very unique" and identification should be easy. Dundee University's medical school has been investigating the potential effect of pesticides on bee learning and health. Dr. Connolly has speculated that who ever did this knows what they are doing and that the bees may have been stolen for breeding, or for selling to specialist bee-keepers.