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"ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2012) — New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees critical for pollinating food crops -- part of the mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder -- with technology for planting corn coated with insecticides."

"The study, published in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, appears on the eve of spring planting seasons in some parts of Europe where farmers use the technology and widespread deaths of honeybees have occurred in the past.

In the study, Andrea Tapparo and colleagues explain that seeds coated with so-called neonicotinoid insecticides went into wide use in Europe in the late 1990s. The insecticides are among the most widely used in the world, popular because they kill insects by paralyzing nerves but have lower toxicity for other animals. Almost immediately, beekeepers observed large die-offs of bees that seemed to coincide with mid-March to May corn planting. Scientists thought this might be due to particles of insecticide made airborne by the pneumatic drilling machines used for planting. These machines forcefully suck seeds in and expel a burst of air containing high concentrations of particles of the insecticide coating. In an effort to make the pneumatic drilling method safer, the scientists tested different types of insecticide coatings and seeding methods.

They found, however, that all of the variations in seed coatings and planting methods killed honeybees that flew through the emission cloud of the seeding machine. One machine modified with a deflector to send the insecticide-laced air downwards still caused the death of more than 200 bees foraging in the field. The authors suggest that future work on this problem should focus on a way to prevent the seeds from fragmenting inside the pneumatic drilling machines.
The authors acknowledge funding from the University of Padova and the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, Italy."

Bloomberg News
Bee Deaths Linked to Sowing Insecticide-Coated Corn, Study Finds
By Rudy Ruitenberg on March 15, 2012

Bayer Responds to Declining Bee Population Concerns

"As honey bees are critical to the pollination of many food crops, colony losses have pushed the role of insecticides to a focal point in the debate. Purdue University researchers recently linked insecticides to bee deaths in research findings published in January.

The US is losing about one-third of its honey bee hives each year, according to Greg Hunt, a Purdue professor of behavioral genetics, honey bee specialist and co-author of the findings. Hunt said no one factor is to blame, and “scientists believe that others such as mites and insecticides are all working against the bees, which are important for pollinating food crops and wild plants.”

Purdue’s analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides – commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds before planting. The insecticides were present at high concentrations in waste talc that is exhausted from farm machinery during planting."
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