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Study reveals alarming decline in insect biomass worldwide

Over the past several years, beekeepers around the world have struggled to understand and overcome ever increasing hive losses. Now, researchers have discovered honeybees are not the only threatened species. An exhaustive study of insect density in the biosphere by Radboud University, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Animal Ecology and Physiology & Experimental Plant […]

In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain

By Blaine Friedlander

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 […]