TV News LIES

Thursday, Apr 19th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Pesticides to blame for honeybee colony collapse disorder, not mites

Pesticides to blame for honeybee colony collapse disorder, not mites

E-mail Print PDF

Honeybee disappearancesThough parasitic mites continue to infect and kill honeybees, a new study suggests they are not to blame for colony collapse disorder (CCD), the phenomenon blamed for rapidly depleting the world's honeybee population -- pesticides are.

Harvard researchers, working with beekeepers in Massachusetts, kept tabs on 18 bee colonies, six hives in three different locations -- from October 2012 to April 2013. Half the colonies were treated with a non-lethal dose of two neonicotinoid pesticides.

The researchers found that at least a portion of bees abandoned all 18 nests throughout the cold winter. But whereas warmer temperatures encouraged the return of colonies to the pesticide-free nests, those sprayed with imidacloprid or clothianidin -- two of the world's most popular neonicotinoids pesticides, mainstays of industrial farming -- continued to suffer declining numbers into April.

The results suggest cold winters may exacerbate the ill effects of pesticides on bees and the colonizing behaviors.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Trump admin starts plan to drill in Arctic wildlife refuge

Drilling to start in Alaskan wildlife refugeThe Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge....

Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage

Puerto Rico island wide outagePuerto Rico has suffered an island-wide power outage, Puerto Rico's power authority said Wednesday -- nearly...

A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

Climate change moves boundary shifts 140 miles A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have...

Trump's EPA quietly revamps rules for air pollution

Trump's EPA quietly revamps air pollution rulesThe Trump administration has quietly reshaped enforcement of air pollution standards in recent months through a...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!