Issue Date: November 23, 2015 | Web Date: November 19, 2015
Neonicotinoid Pesticides Turn Bumblebees Into Poor Pollinators
Neonicotinoid pesticides have been blamed for declines in bee populations worldwide. The chemicals don’t kill bees, instead neonicotinoids impair the insects’ abilities to learn, navigate, forage for nectar, and reproduce, according to studies published over the past several years.
Now, researchers report that bees exposed to the pesticides also become less effective pollinators for crops (Nature 2015, DOI: 10.1038/nature16167).. . .
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