Scientists Brew Killer Bee Beer

Microbiologists from Cardiff University have used brewer’s yeast found in killer honeybees in Namibia and applied it to develop craft beer. The team became interested in the Africanized honeybee – also known as the killer bee - during a visit to University of Namibia for a joint sustainable environmental development project. The yeast was extracted from killer bees that had died naturally. The Pharmabees project, which has seen numerous hives placed around Cardiff University, is exploring how the pollination of certain plants could lead to the development of drugs to treat superbugs and antibiotic resistance. The scientists say the Killer Bee Beer combines expertise to produce something unique and are now looking for a brewer to collaborate with to bring the killer bee beer to market. The proceeds would go towards bee research in Wales.