UK Telegraph, June 5, 2015
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
Bees may be developing a kind of animal Alzheimer’s disease because of exposure to aluminium in the environment, scientists have suggested.
A new study has found that the young of bees already show high amounts of aluminium contamination which may be causing mental dysfunction and playing a role in the decline of bumblebee populations.
Because of industrial discharge aluminium is the Earth’s most widespread pollutant and is already known to be responsible for the death of fish in acid lakes, forest decline and low crop productivity.
Previous studies had suggested that when bees forage for nectar they do not actively avoid nectar which contains aluminium.