Bee on oilseed rape© Tim Scrivener
Research has found that two neonicotinoid pesticides may damage bee fertility – a possible explanation for the decline in bee populations. A study by researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland discovered two banned neonicotinoid insecticides – clothianidin and thiamethoxam – inadvertently act as contraceptives. For the study, male honeybees, or drones, were obtained from colonies exposed to food laced with neonicotinoid pesticides and the bees were then kept in laboratory cages until they reached sexual maturity. See also: […]
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