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Air Science Technologies have supplied Inscentinel Ltd with a Mobile Fume Cupboard which will be used in the process of training sniffer bees.

Air Science Technologies, a specialist designer and manufacturer of fume containment systems, has supplied a mobile fume cupboard to Inscentinel Ltd a company based in Hertfordshire who is developing a sensor using trained sniffer bees to detect odours such as trace vapours of explosives.

The researchers train the honeybees by placing them in front of an airflow which contains traces of chemicals commonly used in explosives. Simultaneously the bees are rewarded with a sugar solution which the bee then quickly learns to associate with the smell of the explosive. Within 15 minutes the bees are trained and ready to be placed in a specialist box which monitors the movement of their proboscis (tongue). As air from the surrounding environment is passed though the box, the bees sticks its proboscis out if it detects the explosive chemical vapours. This then triggers motion detectors inside the box and alerts the operator of the detection.

Defence research agencies have taken a special interest in the technology which could potentially be used on a global scale for the detection of land mines and terrorist bomb threats. Other applications includes food quality and safety, medical diagnostic and environmental survey.

The mobile fume cupboard supplied by Air Science Technologies will help bees to be trained ‘on-the-fly’, regardless of environment or location, providing a safe containment area to protect researchers from the chemicals and also preventing unwanted outside odours from contaminating the bees airflow.

Further details about Air Science Technologies’ range of Fume Cupboards can be obtained by visiting the company’s website – – or by calling John Haugh on 01704 833338.

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May 2007

About Air Science Technologies

Air Science Technologies are specialists in the design, development and sale of fume containment systems such as fume cupboards and other associated extraction equipment.

Editorial Enquiries:

John Haugh – Air Science Technologies
Tel. 01704 833338

Photographs available (JPEG Format):

Photograph showing the Air Science Technologies Mobile Fume Cupboard (Copyright Air Science Technologies)
Photograph Showing Sniffer Bees being Trained (Courtesy of Rothamsted Research Ltd)
Photograph of Inscentinel Detector Equipment (Courtesy of Rothamsted Research Ltd)

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