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Common fungicides are the strongest factor linked to steep declines in bumblebees across the US, according to the first landscape-scale analysis. The surprising result has alarmed bee experts because fungicides are targeted at molds and mildews – not insects – but now appear to be a cause of major harm. How fungicides kill bees is now being studied, but is likely to be by making them more susceptible to the deadly nosema parasite or by exacerbating the toxicity of other pesticides. The widespread decline in bees and other pollinators is worrying because they fertilise about 75% of all food crops, with half of pollination being done by wild species.

Click here to read the full article “Alarming link between fungicides and bee declines revealed” by Damian Carrington for The Guardian.

 

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