Colony field test reveals dramatically higher toxicity of a widely-used mito-toxic fungicide on honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Adrian Fisher, Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, Brian H. Smith, Meredith Johnson, Osman Kaftanoglu, Teddy Cogley, Jennifer H. Fewell, Jon F. Harrison

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Abstract

Capsule: Honey bee colonies exposed to concentrations of a mito-toxic fungicide in pollen at concentrations similar to what they receive while foraging in a sprayed orchard experienced a dose-dependent reduction in worker lifespan, reducing colony populations. Lethal effects were observed at concentrations three orders of magnitude lower than in lab studies demonstrating the need for re-evaluation of fungicide safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115964
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume269
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2021

Keywords

  • Colony health
  • Fungicides
  • Honey bees
  • Pesticides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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