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Unique field study shows that pesticide harms wild bees

Maj Rundlöf and her colleagues have studied how neonicotinoid pesticides affect both wild bees and honeybees. The honeybees can copy with exposure to the pesticide, but it has a strong negative impact on wild bees.
A honeybee is pollinating a rapsseed flower.
Honeybee. Photo: Albin Andersson

In an article in the latest issue of Nature Maj Rundlöf and her colleagues have shown how wild bees are negative affected by the neonicotinoid pesticides. This is serious since wild bees are important pollinators of crops. The study shows that there are needs for new ways to evalute risks in conjunctions with the approval of pesitcides.

 You can read the whole news and see a film about the study at Lund University's central web pages.

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