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Beer-mating beetle study shortlisted for Ig Nobel Prize

on 04/10/11 at 5:34 pm

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An Australian jewel beetle is seen on a beer bottle in this undated handout photo.

A paper on beer bottle-mating beetles was the toast of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which honour research tickling both the brain and the funny bone.


Research co-authored by University of Toronto professor Darryl Gwynne and his Australian colleague David Rentz was the winner in the biology category. The awards ceremony was held at Harvard University on Thursday.

A parody of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are handed out annually by the scientific humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research. The awards are “intended to celebrate the unusual, (and) honour the imaginative” while generating public interest in science, medicine and technology.

Gwynne and Rentz were honoured for their 1983 paper “Beetles on the Bottle: Male Buprestids Mistake Stubbies for Females.” Gwynne joined U of T’s Mississauga campus in 1987 and conducted his research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Western Australia in Nedlands.


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