Neonicotinoid Pesticides Turn Bumblebees Into Poor Pollinators | November 19, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 46 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: November 23, 2015 | Web Date: November 19, 2015

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Turn Bumblebees Into Poor Pollinators

Environment: Apple trees pollinated by pesticide-exposed bees produce lower quality fruit
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: neonicotinoids, bees, pollination, food crops

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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