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Pollination Protects Crop Value More Than Pesticide Use

Bee Pollination Outperforms Pesticides Pollination Outperforms PesticidesBloomberg published a news article on a scientific study conducted in France that showed the abundance of pollinators in rapeseed crops yielded a higher return than the use of pesticides.

"A four-year survey in France found higher yields and profits for rapeseed fields where there’s an abundance of pollinating insects, according to a study by agricultural researcher INRA and the country’s National Centre for Scientific Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society."

Natural Biocide Disrupts Nestmate Recognition

Honeybee colonies are under the threat of many stressors, biotic and abiotic factors that strongly affect their survival. Recently, great attention has been directed at chemical pesticides, including their effects at sub-lethal doses on bee behaviour and colony success; whereas the potential side effects of natural biocides largely used in agriculture, such as entomopathogenic fungi, have received only marginal attention...

Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 3171 (2019)