Pollen pellets are inspiring new adhesives
Today’s Video of the Day from the Georgia Institute of Technology describes how honey bees make pollen stick together with bee spit and flower oil.
The researchers are using the unique properties of this mixture as a model to develop new adhesives.
“A bee encounters not just wet and humid environments but windy and dry surroundings as well, so its pollen pellet must counteract those variations in humidity while remaining adhered,” said Professor J. Carson Meredith. “Being able to withstand those kinds of changes in humidity is still a challenge for synthetic adhesives.”
The study is published in the journal Nature Communications.
Video Credit: Georgia Institute of Technology