Honey bees have recently received considerable attention from the popular press as an innovative method to detect a variety of explosives, landmines and UXO. Many of these reports are inaccurate and may encourage individuals and demining groups to “sell” a service that they poorly understand or lack the experience to properly apply. As the developers of this technology, we offer the following summary about the current status of this alternative for landmine detection, including its strengths and limitations.
Bromenshenk, Jerry; Henderson, Colin; Seccomb, Robert; Rice, Steven; Etter, Robert; Bender, Susan; Rodacy, Phillip; Shaw, Joseph; Seldomridge, Nathan; Spangler, Lee; and Wilson, James
"Can Honey Bees Assist in Area Reduction and Landmine Detection?,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol7/iss3/5