The Buzz About Caffeine May 13 2013
Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. According to new research from the U.K., caffeine can give a memory boost….. at least to bees. The nectar of certain citrus flowers, along with coffee plant flowers, contain caffeine. The study found that when bees feed on nectar containing caffeine they are three times more likely to remember the scent of that particular flower and are more motivated. It seems that caffeine is a stimulant for bees and influences their behavior much as it does our own. Who knew I was improving my memory with coffee all this time?
CAFFEINE SHOWN TO IMPROVE MEMORY IN BEES
Many plants contain caffeine in their leaves naturally as a defense mechanism. The bitter taste deters hungry animals from eating plants containing it. Caffeine can also be found in the nectar of the plant. The amount of caffeine in the nectar of a coffee plant is similar to what we find in a cup of instant coffee. The bees do not taste the caffeine at these low doses but it is high enough to affect their behavior.
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