30 Mar '12, 10am

What's killing the bees? Two more studies point to pesticides. #bees

What's killing the bees? Two more studies point to pesticides. #bees

Yesterday I posted about some beekeepers' negative reactions to Bayer CropScience's charm offensive . Given the mounting evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides can cause bee deaths , I argued, Bayer was going to have a hard time convincing many in the beekeeping community of their altruistic intentions. And that was before I even read the latest news, reported over at NPR, that two new research studies published in Science have implicated non-lethal doses of neonicotinoids in severely disrupting bees normal reproductive and navigational behavior : In the first study, researchers at the University of Stirling, in the United Kingdom, exposed bumblebees to low, "field-realistic" levels of a neonicotinoid insecticide called imidacloprid. The bumblebees didn't die, but in a remarkable and unexpected development, they almost stopped making new queen bees. In the second study, ca...

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