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Fungicides emerge as improbable villain against bees

Cornell University – When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been […]

Milkweed, native plants key to restoring monarch butterfly numbers

U.S. Geological Survey – Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with milkweed sowers from all sectors of society being critically needed for success. In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Arizona and partners, scientists developed potential scenarios for incorporating […]

Pesticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects

Penn State University – Neonicotinoids — the most widely used class of insecticides — significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers at Penn State. The team’s research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work […]