Bee diet alters pesticide tolerance

Bee diet alters pesticide tolerance

Bees on natural diet of pollen more resistant to lethal doses of pesticides; studies examine how pesticides affect honeybee physiology.

FEEDING honeybees a natural diet of pollen makes them considerably more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a research team that also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in the expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.

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