"A common pesticide decreases foraging success and survival in honey bees." - GreenMedInfo Summary
A common pesticide decreases foraging success and survival in honey bees.
Science. 2012 Apr 20 ;336(6079):348-50. Epub 2012 Mar 29. PMID: 22461498
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, UR406 Abeilles et Environnement, F-84914 Avignon, France. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nonlethal exposure of honey bees to thiamethoxam (neonicotinoid systemic pesticide) causes high mortality due to homing failure at levels that could put a colony at risk of collapse. Simulated exposure events on free-ranging foragers labeled with a radio-frequency identification tag suggest that homing is impaired by thiamethoxam intoxication. These experiments offer new insights into the consequences of common neonicotinoid pesticides used worldwide.