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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pesticides 'damage brains of bees'

27 March 2013 

Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees' 

By Rebecca Morelle 
Science reporter, BBC World Service

Scientists found that pesticides were affecting
honey bees ability to learn and remember 

Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest.

Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.

Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, especially when the two pesticides were used in combination.

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