Beekeepers with swarm of bees© FLPA/Rex/Shutterstock
Scientists say they have uncovered the first real evidence that neonicotinoid seed treatments damage honeybee populations when used on farms – but agrochemical companies have disputed the findings, insisting they are inconclusive. The £2.75m study – billed as the first large-scale, field-realistic experiment to assess the effect of neonicotinoids – exposed three bee species to fields of winter oilseed rape treated with the agrochemicals. It concluded that neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees and wild bees. Key findings First evidence of negative […]
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