Air Pollutants Can Divert Bees From Valuable Food Sources

The past few years have been rough on the world’s bee population. There were instances all over the globe of large bee populations falling dead. Beekeepers are going out of business. And some experts think that the bee shortage will result in honey becoming the next caviar. Sadly, there is yet another obstacle that bees are struggling with, and that is the air pollution.

In order for bees to find the proper plants for pollination, the bees must rely on their sense of smell to sniff out the most valuable plants. However, air pollution is breaking down the molecules emitted from plants, thus altering a plant’s scent. Therefore, bees may regard rich sources of sustenance as areas of danger since their senses are being tricked by the altered chemical composition of plants. This is such a serious potential issue for the ecosystem that several different universities are putting their money and manpower behind solving this possible crisis before it occurs. Unfortunately, bee populations have decreased by up to forty five percent since 2010, so the future of bees does not look promising at the moment.

Do you believe that the recent mass death of large bee populations is due to a factor that has yet to be discovered?

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