Pes­ti­cide link to anti-so­cial bees

Geelong Advertiser - - WORLD -

A NEW study that let hu­mans spy on bum­ble­bees in their nests shows pes­ti­cides can im­pair so­cial be­hav­iour, mak­ing it hard for bees to eat and rear their young.

The find­ings add to long­stand­ing con­cerns about the health of bees.

Re­searchers placed cam­eras in 12 spe­cially made boxes, with some bees ex­posed to the neon­i­coti­noid im­i­da­clo­prid.

They found the pes­ti­cide­ex­posed bees were less so­cial than con­trol bees placed in sim­i­lar boxes but not fed nec­tar that con­tained tox­ins.

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