New tracking system could show—at last—how pesticides are harming bee colonies

Erik Stokstad (2018, November). www.sciencemag.org - view article Neonicotinoids, the world’s most commonly used insecticides, effectively thwart many crop pests but they also have insidious effects on vital pollinators: bees. At high doses, these neurotoxins—which wind up in the pollen and nectar the bees collect—harm their memory and ability to gather food. Now, using an innovative tracking technique, researchers have shown that neonicotinoids broadly reduce activity in bumble bee colonies, m...
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European Union bans pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination

The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The decision builds on a limited ban which has been in effect since 2013. Antonia Staats of the Avaaz campaign group called it a "beacon of hope for bees. Finally ...
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