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Bees research shows not all neonicotinoids are the same

The group of chemical insecticides known as neonicotinoids have been identified as presenting a serious risk to bee populations, leading to bans on their use. But at least one may be unfairly named among the offenders when it comes to risks to bumblebees, according to new research led by the University of Dundee. The new study found that one of the neonicotinoid insecticides –...
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First study showing pesticide exposure can affect crop pollination by bees

For the first time an international team of researchers have shown neonicotinoid pesticides impair the pollination services provided by bumblebees. Bees play a vital role in pollinating some of the most important food crops globally and have been declining in recent years. Until now research on pesticide effects has been limited to their impact on bees, rather than the pollination...
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Britain needs 'super-sub bees' to maintain food supply

Rare bees and insects must be protected to give British farmers a strong ‘reserve squad’ of pollinating species and prevent potential food shortages in the future, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Reading, funded by the Insect Pollinators Initiative, say that while most crops are pollinated by only a small number of bee varieties, conservation efforts should be aimed at a...
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Flower-enriched farms boost bee populations

Flower strips sown into farmers’ fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex research has shown. A two-year study of farms in West Sussex and Hampshire found that England’s most common bumblebee species saw significant population growth where targeted, bee-friendly planting schemes were in place. A number of ‘agri-environment’ schemes have been...
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