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The study shows how long-term pesticide exposure affects individual bees' day-to-day behaviour, including pollen collection and which flowers worker bees chose to visit.
"Bees have to learn many things about their environment, including how to collect pollen from flowers," said Raine, who holds the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, a Canadian first.
"Exposure to this neonicotinoid pesticide seems to prevent bees from being able to learn these essential skills."
originally posted by: SonOfTheLawOfOne
It's interesting that the radio receivers didn't interfere with the sensitive nature of the bee's electromagnetic navigation.
We must bee diligent with these findings.
(sorry, couldn't help myself)
originally posted by: Baddogma
It's human nature to ignore the darkness in our collective future if nothing is done to balance the imbalances in nature we have all caused (or allowed to happen).
The whole picture of environmental damage is ... overwhelming. The least alarmist prognostications about the state of our biosphere in the near future is... still alarming.
We are blundering along with partial information as to our environment and how it all works... and with the bickering among ourselves from people too scared to face it ...or scared that their personal means of economic life support will be withdrawn due to its destructive nature ... there won't be the long term, collective actions taken to effect the change needed.
I'm glad there are many people working to try to avert this domino effect of environmental break-down and sure hope these reports are too alarmist and that the ecosystem is more robust than some of the more knowledgeable think... but I'm not extremely optimistic.
Be nice to be wrong in this case...