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Bioécologie

The buzz about pesticides

14 Mars 2013,

Publié par JMB

Bees, the most important pollinators of our crops, are in trouble. All over the world, their populations are decreasing and scientists want to know why. In this video, Nigel Raine and Richard Gill introduce us to the bumblebees they study at Royal Holloway near London. Their experiments show that two commonly used pesticides affect foraging behaviour and brood development, making bumblebee colonies more likely to fail.

Read the original research paper: Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees

Source: Nature, 21 October 2012

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