Pesticides hurt bees’ ability to sniff out food


The Guardian: A study in the U.K. found that certain pesticides disrupt bees’ learning to associate particular scents with food.

 

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The Guardian: A study in the U.K. found that certain pesticides disrupt bees’ learning to associate particular scents with food.

These effects could make it harder for bees to forage among flowers for food, thereby threatening their survival and reducing the pollination of crops and wild plants.

The findings add to existing research that neonicotinoid pesticides are contributing to the decline in bee populations.

It has also been revealed that a separate government field study on the impact of the pesticides on bees was seriously compromised by contamination because the chemicals are so widespread in the environment.

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