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'Bee friendly' pesticide cuts colonies by half, study finds

Pesticides developed to replace banned bee-killing insecticides have been found to reduce colonies by half.  It was hoped that sulfoxaflor would provide an alternative to neonicotinoids, which have been shown to drastically reduce bee numbers, and is currently under review for licencing in Britain.  But researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London found exposure to the new pesticide reduced both the size of bumblebee colonies and the number of offspring produced by 54 per cent.  Read more...



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