Yet another study links insecticide to bee losses

Findings point to treated corn seed — and corn syrup — as possible links to a pandemic afflicting North American pollinators.

By Janet Raloff, 18:56 PM April 5, 2012

A pair of recent papers indicted neonicotinoids, a widely used class of insecticides, for contributing to a catastrophic decline of honeybees, especially since 2006. Hives across North America have been hammered, many by a particularly mysterious syndrome known as colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Now an additional field trial strengthens even more the case arguing that these pollinators have been poisoned by these chemicals.

This latest research also points to a potentially novel source of t...

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