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Researchers build a robotic platform to observe the effects of neonicotinoids on bee behavior

A video camera-controlling robot was used to record the negative effects of neonicotinoids on bumblebees. The Harvard-designed machine was able to record and show the disruptive effects of the pesticides on the way the bees behaved, interacted with other members of their nest, and regulated their body temperature.  Bees are in serious danger from widely used neonicotinoid pesticides. Populations of wild bees have been all but wiped out by the widespread use of the chemicals.  Read more...



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