12 Jan '12, 9pm

Bee Deaths Linked to Seed Insecticide Exposure

Bee Deaths Linked to Seed Insecticide Exposure

Bees are insects. So a connection between troubled honeybee populations and insecticide exposure is hardly extraordinary. And neonicotinoid pesticides are a prime suspect in helping to cause bee deaths in recent years. It's why the British Cooperative supermarket group banned neonicotinoids from its own farms . And there is evidence that bans on neonicotinoid pesticides in France and Germany have already delivered improved bee survival rates . Now Science Daily reports that researchers from Purdue University have identified a clear link between bee deaths in agricultural fields and the use of neonicotinoids : Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds before planting. The research showed that those insecticides were ...

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