Commonly Used Pesticide Turns Honey Bees Into 'Picky Eaters'

By Kim McDonald (UCSD Science&Engineering) May 23, 2012

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a small dose of a commonly used crop pesticide turns honey bees into “picky eaters” and affects their ability to recruit their nestmates to otherwise good sources of food.

The results of their experiments, detailed in this week’s issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, have implications for what pesticides should be applied to bee-pollinated crops and shed light on one of the main culprits suspected to be behind the recent declines in honey bee colonies. 

Credit: James Nieh

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