6 Feb 2012

Pesticides blamed for bee decline

"New formulas make colonies more prone to disease, research finds.

Jonathan Owen of The Independent reports.

Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned. A study published in the current issue of the German science journal Naturwissenschaften, reveals how bees given minute doses of the widely used pesticide imidacloprid became more vulnerable to infections from a deadly parasite, nosema."

The full article.

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