International Bee research Centres
Honey bee queens highly vulnerable to two neonicotinoid insecticides
The study suggests that the neonicotinoid pesticides maybe contributing to bee colony mortality by affecting queen bee health. In recent years dramatic winter mortalities have occurred in Nth American and European hives and agricultural chemicals have been shown to have a role. [13 Oct 2015]
The Plight of the Honeybee
Bee expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp of the University of Maryland likens the situation to HIV/AIDS in humans. “You don’t die of AIDS; you die of pneumonia or some other condition that hits when your immunity is down,” he says. Today’s bee mortalities may be behaving slightly differently. “But we’re pretty sure in all these cases, diseases are the tipping point” after bees’ immune systems are compromised.