Air pollution cutting short life span of wild honey bees
A four year long study by NCBS researchers, published in an international journal recently, provides quantitative data on the impact air pollution is having on Giant Asian bees, the major pollinators of crops and food and flowering plants
The health of wild honey bees and, in turn the future of our food security, is in peril. While there have been many anecdotal evidence of the honey bee population decreasing in urban area, a recently published study lead by National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) researchers have shown evidence of air pollution’s adverse effect on Apis dorsata, the Gian Asian honey bee, which are also found in the cities. These bees are major contributors of pollinating our crops, fruits and flowering plants.