Honeybees pick up pesticides from non-crop plants

Honeybees pick up pesticides from non-crop plants

Purdue researchers find that honeybees collect pollen from wide range of plants, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans.

A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.

Purdue professor of entomology Christian Krupke and then-postdoctoral researcher Elizabeth Long collected pollen from Indiana honeybee hives at three sites over 16 weeks to learn which pollen sour

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