15 Mar '12, 3pm

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Seeds coated with neonicotinoid insecticides could plan a significant role in honeybee colony collapse disorder, says an article in the journal Environmental Science & Technology . Although a range of other factors seem to collectively cause colony collapse disorder, understanding this factor's role brings scientists one step closer to understanding how to prevent colony collapse. European farmers have used seeds coated with neonicotinoid insecticides since the 1990s, when the introduction of these seeds coincided with significant drops in the population of bee colonies. In the U.S., where one-third of honeybee hives disappear every year, most corn seeds and half of all soybean seeds are coated with neonicotinoid insecticides, says Christian Krupke , associate professor of entomology at Purdue University, who has co-authored another study examining methods of honeybee expo...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/honeybee-colony-collapse...

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