Beehives are the honeypot for a city's microbial secrets

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hénaff co-led a study that found the debris in urban honeybee hives provides information about cities’ microbiomes, important to understanding the health of those communities. “There's a growing body of literature that shows that exposure to diverse microbiomes is a key component for positive health outcomes,” explained Hénaff, noting that the project tested hives in New York, Venice, Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo.