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Pesticides linked to #honeybee decline #bees

'People had found pretty trivial effects in lab and greenhouse experiments, but we have shown they can translate into really big effects in the field. This has transformed our understanding,'said Prof David Goulson, at the University of Stirling and leader of one of the research teams. 'If it's only one metre from where they forage in a lab to their nest, even an unwell bee can manage that.' Prof Mickaël Henry, at INRA in Avignon, France, who led a separate research team, said: 'Under the effects we saw from the pesticides, the population size would decline disastrously, and make them even more sensitive to parasites or a lack of food. Decline blamed on disease, loss of forage and pesticides The reason for the huge decline in bee numbers has remained uncertain, but pesticides, the varroa mite and other parasites, and destruction of the flower-rich habitats in which bees fe...

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