Honey samples provide new environmental clues Today’s Video of the Day from the University of British Columbia (UBC) describes how honey samples are helping experts monitor the environment.
As bees hunt for pollen and nectar near their hives, they pick up trace amounts of elements such as lead.
The UBC researchers analyzed the elements present in honey from six neighborhoods in Vancouver.
The study revealed that lead was more abundant in areas with heavier traffic and more industrial activity, while manganese was found more commonly in areas with agricultural activity and pesticide use.
The study is published in the journal Nature Sustainability.
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer
Video Credit: University of British Columbia