Harvard Study Links Nicotine-Based Pesticide To Bee Deaths

Law360, New York (April 6, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT) -- A new Harvard School of Public Health study blames a sharp decline in the worldwide bee colonies on the widely used pesticide imidacloprid, finding strong evidence linking the presence of the nicotine-based insecticide to the growing trend of adult bees abandoning their hives, the university announced Thursday.

After exposing 16 hives to the neonicotinoid pesticide as part of the study, researchers found all but one of the hives dead, except for food stores, some pollen and young bees — characteristics consistent with colony collapse disorder, the...
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