Air Pollution: Floral Scents Going Off the Air?

  • Carol Potera
  • Published 2008 in Environmental health perspectives

Abstract

Would a flower by any other name always smell as sweet? Maybe not, if air pollution has anything to do with it. Researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville report that three common constituents of smog destroy floral scents released by flowers to attract bees and other pollinators. In fact, flower scents traveled four times farther in the… (More)

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