Tags: bees | exhausted | diesel | fumes

Bees Exhausted by Diesel Fumes, Can't Find Flowers, Study Says

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 05:56 PM

By Robin Farmer

Belching diesel fumes appear to make honeybees exhausted, robbing them of the ability to target and pollinate nectar-rich flowers.

The fumes can change floral odors to undetectable forms for the bees who forage from one flower to another, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports, which was published Thursday, Reuters reported.

"This could have serious detrimental effects on the number of honeybee colonies and pollination activity," Tracey Newman, a University of Southamptom neuroscientist who worked on the study, told Reuters.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Learning what throws honeybees off the trail of finding and pollinatating flowers could have major implications for the world’s food supply, the team said. Honeybees pollinate about 70 percent of crop foods across the globe.

But global honeybee populations have plummeted within the past decade or so due to colony collapse disorder, a condition linked with the widespread use of synthetic pesticide and other manmade materials, LiveScience reports.

Researchers suspect diesel pollution may be another culprit.

"We got into this, because we were aware of the impacts of airborne pollutants on human health, so it didn't seem so wild that there may be impacts that extended beyond human health," Newman told BBC News.

Diesel fumes interfere with “the complex relationship" that had evolved between plants and animals, said Guy Poppy, biologist and lead researcher.

"Flowers have evolved to produce chemical mixtures that attract pollinators," he told BBC News.

Study results found gases such as nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are found in diesel exhaust and other airborne pollution, can degrade floral odors.

Newman's study highlighted "a fresh issue to add to the many problems facing our insect pollinators,” Giles Budge of Britain's Food and Environment Research Agency told Reuters.

But more work needs to be done in the field since the study was conducted in the laboratory, he said.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related stories:

37 Million Bees Dead In Ontario, 25-50K in Oregon; Pesticides Blamed

25,000 Dead Bees Found in Parking Lot Likely Killed by Pesticide

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved