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Chronic exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide alters the interactions between bumblebees and wild plants [Functional Ecology]

Keywords : bumble bee, Bombus terrestris, ecotoxicology, flower visitation, foraging behaviour, insecticide, pollen, pollinator declines

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

1.Insect pollinators are essential for both the production of a large proportion of world crops and the health of natural ecosystems. As important pollinators, bumblebees must learn to forage on flowers to feed both themselves and provision their colonies.
2.Increased use of pesticides has caused concern over sublethal effects on bees, such as impacts on reproduction or learning ability. However, little is known about how sublethal exposure to field-realistic levels of pesticide might affect the ability of bees to visit and manipulate flowers.(...)

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