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Tasteless pesticides affect bees in the field

Two studies provide evidence that bees cannot taste or avoid neonicotinoid pesticides, and that exposure to treated crops affects reproduction in solitary bees as well as bumblebee colony growth and reproduction. See Letters p.74 & p.77

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Figure 1: Bee foraging options and pesticide exposure.

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Raine, N., Gill, R. Tasteless pesticides affect bees in the field. Nature 521, 38–39 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature14391

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