Impact of Bacillus thuringiensis strains on survival, reproduction and foraging behaviour in bumblebees (Bombus terrestris).

@article{Mommaerts2010ImpactOB,
  title={Impact of Bacillus thuringiensis strains on survival, reproduction and foraging behaviour in bumblebees (Bombus terrestris).},
  author={Veerle Mommaerts and Kris Jans and Guy Smagghe},
  journal={Pest management science},
  year={2010},
  volume={66 5},
  pages={520-5}
}
BACKGROUND Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and its protein crystals are used worldwide, either as a spray or when expressed in transgenic crops, for the control of pest insects. However, owing to their intensive use, there exists a debate regarding the involvement of this microbial insecticide in bee colony losses. In this study, in a tiered approach using laboratory microcolonies, an evaluation was made of the potential lethal and sublethal hazards on colony reproduction and foraging behaviour of… CONTINUE READING
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