Neonics Put Bumblebees at Risk of Extinction, Study Reveals

August 23, 2017

Bumble bee on pink flower photo by Aleksandra Dolezal

Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study.

Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than one-quarter.

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