Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides

@inproceedings{Kessler2015BeesPF,
  title={Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Kessler and Erin Jo Tiedeken and Kerry L. Simcock and Sophie Claudine Derveau and Jessica Mitchell and Samantha Softley and J C Stout and Geraldine A Wright},
  booktitle={Nature},
  year={2015}
}
The impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on insect pollinators is highly controversial. Sublethal concentrations alter the behaviour of social bees and reduce survival of entire colonies. However, critics argue that the reported negative effects only arise from neonicotinoid concentrations that are greater than those found in the nectar and pollen of pesticide-treated plants. Furthermore, it has been suggested that bees could choose to forage on other available flowers and hence avoid or dilute… CONTINUE READING
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