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Science. 2012 Apr 20;336(6079):348-50. doi: 10.1126/science.1215039. Epub 2012 Mar 29.

A common pesticide decreases foraging success and survival in honey bees.

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  • 1Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, UR406 Abeilles et Environnement, F-84914 Avignon, France.


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.

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