Drizzling honey into your morning tea or onto your toast in the morning may be no longer if the bee population continues to suffer.
A new study done by the University of Western Australia into the honey bee has revealed that humans have a significant impact on a bee’s metabolism and ultimately its survival.
Land that has been degraded means a reduction in the availability of resources for bees therefore putting more strain on the bees body to survive and impacting its ability to function as it should.
The research conducted by the University of Western Australia has outlined the importance of understanding how environmental factors impact bees and how to help preserve their population.
This is the first time the metabolic rate and feeding rate of a free-flying insect has been measured in its natural environment and this university research paves the way for future research on pollinators other than bees.
“Bees are vital for human beings, the environment and agriculture,” Professor Bradshaw said.
Bees produce a third of what we eat and pollinate one sixth of flowering plants world-wide. There has been a dramatic decline over the past few years on the population of the bees hence emphasising the impor- tance for further research and improvement of environmental practices.”