Bees, Giant African Rats Used to Sniff Landmines

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Maryann Mott for National Geographic News

18/10/2011

"Dogs have long been used to sniff out land mines in war-torn regions. But now they may have some welcome competition: rats and bees.

A Belgian company has trained African giant pouch rats (Cricetomys gambianus) to locate buried bombs, while researchers at the University of Montana are using honeybees to screen large areas for unexploded ordinance."

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