Car and truck fumes disorient pollinators

June 27, 2014 10:15 PM

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“We’d assumed that the moth’s ability to smell the flowers would be more specific," said Jeffrey Riffell.

Moths, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are attracted to the floral sweet smells of all kids of flowers. But their olfactory sensors of moths are activated by all kinds of intense smells, say researchers from the University of Washington and University of Arizona. And background scents, like...

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