Bumblebee exposure to neonicotinoids and pyrethroids impairs foraging and colony success

A study published in Nature shows that low-level exposure to a combination of two pesticides is more harmful to bumblebee colonies than either pesticide on its own. The results suggest that current methods for regulating pesticides are inadequate because they consider only lethal doses of single pesticides. Low doses of pesticides have subtle effects on individual bees and can seriously harm colonies. The authors hope that his work will feed into consultations on pesticide regulations that are happening now in Europe.

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