Scientists use honey and wild salmon to trace industrial metals in the environment

Image of honey bee frame.

(EurekAlert/Goldschmidt Conference) Scientists have long known that honey bees pick up small amounts of metal elements when they alight on flowers and leaves. They carry these metals back to the hive where tiny amounts are incorporated into the honey. However, this is the first time researchers have been able to establish clearly the sources of the metals carried by the bees and their products, making them reliable biomarkers for environmental pollution.