Flowers are losing their smell. The discovery could be one of several factors in the "colony collapse disorder" that is wiping out honey bees around the world.
Even a brief glance at the titles of the news articles on Wiki
reads a bit frighteningly, as do the previous mentions here: 1
"Bees are in grave danger. So is our food supply. Why something so small matters so much."
Pollination Pets for the Garden.
The UK bee population has almost halved in the last 10 years due mainly to the spread
of a mite called Varroa
from Asia. The loss of such a large proportion of the bee population has implications for agriculture, horticulture and nature, bees pollinate the majority of plants with no intervention from man, there isn't a more reliable fertilisation method.
However an Oxford company has come up with a simple kit
to attract Mason bees to nest in your garden requiring no effort and no protective clothing, they're pretty docile too, so it's unlikely you'll get stung.
BTW, the US
is affected too.