Honey bee on oilseed rape © WestEnd61/REXHoney bee on oilseed rape © WestEnd61/REX
French scientists say neonicotinoid insecticides can harm individual honeybees although whole colonies are able to recover in the wild. They say this explains the “missing link” that laboratory trials often report that pesticides harm honeybees, but field surveys show no deleterious effects. The European Commission has banned three neonicotinoids, which are largely used as seed dressings in oilseed rape, and this ban is to be reviewed towards the end of this year. The French work monitored tagged honeybees in the […]
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