Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'

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  1. Ray

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21958547

    Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'
    By Rebecca Morelle
    Science reporter, BBC World Service


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    Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.

    To investigate, scientists looked at two common pesticides: neonicotinoids, which are used to control pests on oil seed rape and other crops, and a group of organophosphate chemicals called coumaphos, which are used to kill the Varroa mite, a parasite that attacks the honey bee.
     
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    Yeah well it makes total sense that anything made to kill insects and mites would likely do some sort of damage to a bee as well if the bee was exposed to it. A poison is a poison.
    These effects sound similar to nerve gas damage, don't they?
     

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    jb63
    the link led me to - [h=3]Dan Rather Reports, Promo for "Trouble on the Land"[/h]American universities are involved in what some say is a land grab in the poorest parts of Africa, which leaves African farmers with almost nothing. Dan Rather Reports, "Trouble on the Land" airs Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 8pm ET on HDNet.
     
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    Thx Ray, I fixed it.