Neonics put bumblebees at risk of extinction by hindering colony formation, study reveals

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:52 in Biology & Nature

Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new study. The research has shown that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter. Using a mathematical model, the researchers found that this rate of decline could threaten extinction of wild bumblebee populations.

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