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CSIRO scientists have been part of the international consortium undertaking the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Project. Valuable information is now available to scientists to study characteristics associated with the genome

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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Bee collecting pollen
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