VegNews Daily

Diesel Emissions Linked to Bee Population Decline

Chemicals in diesel fuel may be preventing bees from using their sense of smell to find flower nectar and pollinate plants.

Research conducted by the University of Southampton has revealed that diesel emissions may be contributing to colony bee collapse disorder by inhibiting the insects from using their sense of smell to detect the nectar in flowers. During the study, scientists exposed bees to a floral scent that triggered their normal nectar-gathering behavior; when the scents were mixed with a chemical component found in diesel fuel, the insects were found to no longer be able to detect the flower smell. “A bee has far poorer recognition of an altered floral mix,” says study co-author Tracey Newman. “The bee needs to learn the unadulterated version, and if the bee has learned it, it will then struggle with the version that has been chemically altered.”

 Comments

Vegan Street Fair Comes to Los Angeles City Streets

Annual outdoor food festival takes over Hollywood streets.
Read More »

James and Suzy Cameron's Elementary School Goes Vegan

MUSE school officially goes plant-based this fall.
Read More »

US Government: Eat a Plant-Based Diet

Federal committee hopes to “transform the food system” with new guidelines.
Read More »

New Study: Vegan Diet Benefits Childhood Obesity

Research shows that a plant-based diet helps children lose weight and lower risk of heart disease.
Read More »

Celebrity Vegans to Host Italian Tour This Summer

Experience Italy alongside vegan cookbook authors and chefs.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »