Gallery: New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes


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New research shows that exposure to a certain kind of insecticide alters the genetic makeup of honeybees. The US has denied the link between insecticides and honeybee deaths, while the European Commission has placed a temporary ban on three neonicotinoids pending new research, but the University of Nottigham study published in the journal PLOS ONE establishes a clear relationship between the insecticide imidacloprid and genetic changes in honeybees.

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  1. Physics Police July 11, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    The study has serious flaws.

    1. Between-hive systemics were not reported. Systemic error might render the difference between exposed and control hives statistically insignificant.

    2. Dose-response was not measured. This flaw in experimental setup weakens the evidence for a causal relationship between the imidacloprid and the gene expression effect.

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