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Bee Colony Losses Down in 2016 for U.S. Beekeepers

The number of honey bee colonies lost last year is down from the previous year and shows an improvement over the ten-year average.

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Brazil Pesticide Makers to Study Products’ Effects on Bees

Producers of some pesticides in Brazil will, for the first time, be required to study their products’ potential toxic effects on bees. IBAMA, the enforcement arm of the Environment Ministry, announced March 1 that an ordinance (No. 2/2017) has been issued covering existing Brazil-registered pesticides suspected of having toxic effects[…]

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in a new assessment that “most uses” of three widely used neonicotinoids—imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam—pose a risk to wild bees and honeybees, which play a crucial role in pollination across the globe.   Read more

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