Study shows pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees' social behaviors

Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees' behavior, researchers showed that, following exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides -- the most commonly-used class of pesticides in agriculture -- bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social that other bees. Additional tests showed that exposure impaired bees ability to warm the nest, and to build insulating wax caps around the colony.

Study shows pesticide exposure can dramatically impact bees' social behaviors

For bees, being social is everything.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Phys.org

Pesticide Exposure Alters Bumblebees' Behavior in Their Nests

A high-tech approach to monitoring bee activity inside the nest reveals how the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impairs colony growth.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from The Scientist

Pesticide affects social behavior of bees

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Science Now

Neonicotinoids make bees antisocial and lazy

Robot-assisted research sheds further light on how pesticides impact pollinators. Samantha Page reports.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Cosmos Magazine

Neonicotinoid impairs beesí social behavior

Researchers peer into the nest, observing that bumblebees exposed to the pesticide neglect their young

Sun 11 Nov 18 from CandEN

Spying on bees reveals pesticides impair social behavior

A new study has shown that the behaviour of bees is greatly affected by pesticides making them incapable of foraging outside the nest. The study was published in American Science journal.

Fri 9 Nov 18 from Daily Mail

Pesticides Dramatically Affect How Bees Function

Fri 9 Nov 18 from Laboratory Equipment

Exposure to pesticides makes bees less social, reduces colony size

Exposure to pesticides can reduce the size of bee colonies and cause the insect to become less social.

Fri 9 Nov 18 from UPI

Bees Are Dying Off. Tiny QR Code Backpacks May Help Save Them

A novel system monitors the dynamics of colonies exposed to imidacloprid, a neurotoxin that belongs to the infamous neonicotinoid group of pesticides.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Wired Science

Bees on the brink

Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees' behavior, researchers showed that, following exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides -- the most commonly-used class of pesticides in agriculture ...

Thu 8 Nov 18 from ScienceDaily

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