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UM study downplays role of pesticide in bee declines
UM study downplays role of pesticide in bee declines

A new University of Maryland study calls into question the role that pesticides play in the troubling decline of honey bee colonies. The study, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, concludes that the widely used insecticide imidacloprid does not significantly harm bee colonies at levels the insects most likely encounter in the field. The research is the latest in a scientific debate over the causes of bee colony losses. It comes as the Maryland General Assembly weighs legislation that would restrict the sales of neonicotinoid pesticides, of which imidacloprid is the most commonly sold.  Beekeepers have reported average hive losses of 30 percent or more annually...

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