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Study Shows Pesticide Risk To Be Species And Landscape Dependent

A study published several weeks ago in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution takes a closer look at how bees' interaction with the environment impacts their pesticide exposure and risk.  "The pesticide exposure of bees arises from their activity intersecting pesticide use.  Thus, pesticide exposure and its correlated risk (additive toxicity-weighted concentrations) to bees are likely to be affected by their life-history traits,  particularly foraging habits,  land-use, and pesticide-use patterns, especially in bee-attractive crops.  Using an ecological approach to pesticide risk, we found that extensive foragers (A. mellifera) experienced the greatest risk irrespective of the proportion of agricultural land in the landscape." Read the full study here. 

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