Diesel fumes may impact bee brains

People's driving habits could be one of the reasons behind the global collapse of honey bee colonies, scientists in the south of England have suggested.

Researchers from the University of Southampton are investigating a potential link between diesel fumes from vehicles and bees' brains.

They feel that the nanoparticles which are emitted from diesel engines could effect bees' in-built navigation skills, disrupting their ability to find their way back to their hive.

Along with this, it is thought that diesel fumes might have an impact on flower smells in the atmosphere.

Ecologist professor Guy Poppy and neuroscientist Dr Tracey Newman are concerned about the impact of nanoparticles on the health of bees and on the state of their colonies. The £156,000 study they are working on will last for a period of three years.

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