Science: Russian Bees Are Very Good Bees

Bee-loud news buzzed from Moscow last week. Soviet scientists reported that they had found a way to make bees produce honey heavy with vitamins or with such medicines as quinine, sulfidin. The whole thing is managed by diet.

The cane sugar the bee gets from nectar is metabolized into honey sugars (glucose, levulose, dextrose). Honey normally has no vitamin C, and not much of any other vitamin.

Most apiarists have supposed that bees thrive only on nectar, but a Soviet bee student, E. Arefyeff of the Maikop Agricultural Research Station, thought of trying them on other foods. He fed them...

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