Volume 91 Issue 43 | p. 29 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 28, 2013

Neonicotinoid Boosts Viral Levels In Bees

Controversial pesticide impairs bee immunity, hikes infections often seen in collapsed colonies
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Clothianidin, honeybee, immune system, colony collapse disorder, deformed wing virus, neonicotinoid

One phenomenon that has increasingly stung honeybee hives is colony collapse disorder (CCD), which is characterized by worker bees abandoning the hive. Environmental activists have linked neonicotinoid pesticides to CCD, but scientists have said it is likely caused by multiple factors, because afflicted colonies often suffer infections from deformed wing virus (DWV) and other pathogens. Now comes evidence that the pesticides and disease are linked. Francesco Pennacchio of Italy-based University of Naples . . .

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