Two widely used pesticides shorten honeybee lives

According to a recent research from the Oregon State University (OSU), evidence of physiological stress shows that the lives of honeybees are shortened when exposed to two commercially available and widely used pesticides. 

Honeybee researchers from OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found harmful effects in bees exposed to pesticide brands Transform and Sivanto, which are both registered in the United States and were developed to be more compatible with bee health. 

Both pesticides are used on crops to kill aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and other pests. 

Partnered with other stressors such as viruses and poor nutrition, exposure to the mentioned pesticides can render honeybees incapable of doing their tasks smoothly and removes 10 days from the average life of the pollinators which usually last five to six weeks. 

The study’s lead author, Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, a postdoctoral research associate in the Honey Bee Lab in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, emphasized that the researchers aren’t calling for the two brands to be taken off the market, but they are suggesting that more information should be put on the labels and more studies should be conducted to understand the detrimental effects of being exposed to these products. 

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