New Delhi, Aug. 11 -- The health of wild honey bees and, in turn the future of our food security, is in peril. While there have been many anecdotal evidence of the honey bee population decreasing in urban area, a recently published study lead by National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) researchers have shown evidence of air pollution's adverse effect on Apis dorsata, the Gian Asian honey bee, which are also found in the cities. These bees are major contributors of pollinating our crops, fruits and flowering plants.

Irregular heart rate, fewer blood cells, and alternations in gene expressions linked to stress, metabolism and immunity, were some of the key findings that came up after studying 1800 wild bees in and around Bengaluru, o...