Researchers in Germany and France find indications in their studies that select chemicals from neonicotinoid insecticides may cause changes in bees. These changes include lowered ability to find nectar in the fields, and then return back to their home hive. The German scientists at Martin Luther University are studying for decreased social interactions between worker bees due to the neonicotinoid thiacloprid. The French scientists from University of Poitier suspect that it is also possible that the insecticides cause impaired cognition due to neonicotinoid thiamethoxam. These findings have only been tested on the lab, and it is yet to be determined if these insecticides are harming bees in nature. Read the full story on Science Daily.
Insecticides damage bee socialization and learning skills, study reports
Published on: Jul 14, 2017