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Study Finds Glyphosate, Acetamiprid Have Relatively Low Toxicity for Bees

Sunday, October 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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Study Finds Glyphosate, Acetamiprid Have Relatively Low Toxicity for Bees

 

Entomological Society of America

 

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Mississippi State University tested 42 commonly used pesticides in a realistic field setting in order to determine their toxicity levels. The results were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. 


The researchers found that 26 pesticides, including many (but not all) neonicotinoids, organophosphates, and pyrethroids killed nearly all of the bees that came into contact with the test pesticide sprays. However, seven pesticides, including glyphosate and acetamiprid, killed practically no bees in the tests. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide commonly known as Roundup and acetamiprid is a neonicotinoid. Click here for the full story.

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