Beneficial insects, like the bee shown above, can be harmed by chemical pesticides (flickr).
Julia Poska| September 27, 2018
A recent study from Japan’s Osaka University aims to help protect pollinators from harm by studying how insects metabolize pesticides.
Researchers sliced fruit flies into very thin layers with a special technique developed to keep their delicate features in tact. They used a laser to glean tissue from the layers, which they analyzed to see how Imidacloprid-a, a common agricultural pesticide, spread through the fruit fly bodies.
Imidacloprid-a is one of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which have received a lot of negative attention for being linked to declining bee populations. France recently banned five types of neonicotenoids, including imidacloprid, in an effort to protect pollinators.
Scientific studies have yielded mixed results on the actual effects of neonicotinoids on bees, however. Some have found that bees can get addicted to…
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