Bees are in decline again because of neurotoxins, the likely source is aluminum. Found in nectar, this chemical substance is considered dangerous for the brain, even in small doses.
A new study concluded that part of the blame for the decline in world bee population, might be attributed to mass dementia cases. In human brain the aluminum content can be dangerous if it is over 3 PPM (parts per million). The PPM is a measuring system that is used in neuroscience, to describe small values of quantity.
Bees studied by the researchers, have been found to show levels of aluminum PPM as high as 193.
Aluminum has been found in rainwater, and this means that many parts of the ecosystem can be easily affected.
Concerning bees, if aluminum is found as a composite of acid rain, it can lead to poisoning of flower nectar directly by rain contact with the flower, or by substance transfer through the earth.
As a result of this new information, researchers from Keele University of Sussex want to list aluminum as a cause for dementia. They stated that aluminum is a significant environmental threat.
Bees are in danger for years, because of deforestation and poisoning of the environment their numbers have drastically decreased.
Save the Bees Campaign are currently in expansion around the world, especially in Europe the U.S. and South America.
Bees are an intricate part of the ecosystem, they are the most well known and crucial pollinator, many natural ecosystems depend on them.
One of the benefits brought on by bees was a major factor in their numbers decline. Bees are a helfull pollinator in agriculture as well, but in the last decade, more and more agricultural land is fertilized using chemical substances, thus affecting the bees natural biology.
Pesticides affect them as well, killing many, and many pesticides are transferable through the environment, meaning effects can reach areas that were not spayed initially.
Human settlement areas are expanding at an accelerated rate and great numbers of fields and plains previously home to plants, flowers and bees, are now concrete jungles.
If human interference with the environment does not drastically decrease , bees will not be able to sustain enough numbers to continue the species.
Scientists estimate that the current rate of extinction is between 100 and 10.000 times what should occur naturally.
This means we are losing between 10.000 and 100.000 species every year.
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