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Abstract Title:

Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees.

Abstract Source:

Science. 2017 Jun 30 ;356(6345):1393-1395. PMID: 28663502

Abstract Author(s):

B A Woodcock, J M Bullock, R F Shore, M S Heard, M G Pereira, J Redhead, L Ridding, H Dean, D Sleep, P Henrys, J Peyton, S Hulmes, L Hulmes, M Sárospataki, C Saure, M Edwards, E Genersch, S Knäbe, R F Pywell

Article Affiliation:

B A Woodcock

Abstract:

Neonicotinoid seed dressings have caused concern world-wide. We use large field experiments to assess the effects of neonicotinoid-treated crops on three bee species across three countries (Hungary, Germany, and the United Kingdom). Winter-sown oilseed rape was grown commercially with either seed coatings containing neonicotinoids (clothianidin or thiamethoxam) or no seed treatment (control). For honey bees, we found both negative (Hungary and United Kingdom) and positive (Germany) effects during crop flowering. In Hungary, negative effects on honey bees (associated with clothianidin) persisted over winter and resulted in smaller colonies in the following spring (24% declines). In wild bees (Bombus terrestris and Osmia bicornis), reproduction was negatively correlated with neonicotinoid residues. These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.

Study Type : Insect Study
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Problem Substances : Pesticides : CK(827) : AC(95)

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