Tag Archive for 'pesticides'

Bumblebees exposed to pyrethroid pesticides are smaller and smaller bumblebees are less able foragers

January 20th, 2014 by Royal Holloway University of London

According to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London. The research paper, “Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees […]

Bee colonies suffer when exposed to a combination of pesticides

October 22nd, 2012 by Royal Holloway University of London

The behaviour of bees and the success of their colonies are significantly affected when exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London published in the paper ‘Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual-and colony-level traits in bees‘ in Nature. The researchers, Dr Richard […]

Pesticide and herbicide risk to bees that are vital for our food supply

May 25th, 2012 by Friends of the Earth

According to the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010. Trends in the use of pesticides have varied strongly between UK crops over the past five years but overall pesticide use rose 6.5% due to increasing treatment intensity on a number of crops including those […]

Growing concern over endocrine disrupting chemicals in daily life

May 11th, 2012 by European Environment Agency

Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system – also known as ‘endocrine disrupting chemicals‘ (EDCs) – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the […]