Pesticides a buzzkill for bees

2013-03-27 21:30
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Paris - Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said on Wednesday.

"Together, the two classes of pesticide showed a greater negative effect on the bee brain and are predicted to inhibit honeybee learning," co-author Christopher Connolly of the University of Dundee's Medical Research Institute told AFP.

Furthermore, coumaphos was not legal for use in much of Europe and not widely used in the United States, said Ratnieks, quoted by the Science Media Centre in London.

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