Air Pollution May Keep Insects From Stopping to Smell the Flowers

“There could also be wider ramifications,” he continues. “For example, pheromones are airborne odors produced by one insect to attract a mate of the same species, and, if pheromone communication is disrupted in a similar way, it could result in insects struggling to find mates, which could have ramifications for insect biodiversity.” In fact, a PhD project at the University of Reading is currently exploring how air pollution affects insect pheromones.

“The impact of diesel exhaust and ozone on insect pollinators and the overall service of pollination is poorly understood,” says Jaret Daniels, an associate professor of insect conservation and curator at

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