In one such study, a team of CSIRO researchers has discovered that the proteins of bee silk, unlike the silk of spiders and silkworms, are small and non-repetitive. This means bee silk is considerably more amenable to artificial production than the silk proteins of silkworm and spiders. Artificial silk has great commercial potential due to the exceptional strength characteristics of this fibre.
Photographer : David McClenaghan
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/3822/"><img src="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_BE3703.jpg" width="300" alt="Bee collecting pollen" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/3822/">Bee collecting pollen</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
Bee collecting pollen