Bees: Needed (IMAGE) University of Vermont Caption Bees allow farms to thrive. But new research from UVM and Harvard scientists shows how bees and other pollinators may be crucial to human health too. The study in PLOS ONE presents the first-ever empirical test of how declining pollinators may increase risk of nutrient deficiencies -- with worrisome connections to diseases like measles and malaria, so prevalent in the developing world. Credit Joshua Brown, UVM Usage Restrictions with associated story License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.