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Friday, March 30, 2012

Pesticides hit queen bee numbers


29 March 2012 
 
Pesticides hit queen bee numbers

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News



 Pollination is calculated to be worth about £430m 
to the UK economy

Some of the world's most commonly used pesticides are killing bees by damaging their ability to navigate and reducing numbers of queens, research suggests.

Scientific groups in the UK and France studied the effects of neonicotinoids, which are used in more than 100 nations on farm crops and in gardens.

The UK team found the pesticides caused an 85% drop in queen production.

Writing in the journal Science, the groups note that bee declines in many countries are reducing crop yields.

In the UK alone, pollination is calculated to be worth about £430m to the national economy.

And the US is among countries where a succession of local populations has crashed, a syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17535769

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