13.01.2016 | Media Release

Global change is affecting bee colonies more than pesticides

Photo: Stephan Härtel, MLU

Pesticides and parasites are not responsible for the regional decline of honeybee colonies. Biologists of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) including the iDiv member scientist World events affected bee colonies more than pesticides have found, that political and socio-economic changes, such as revolutions or civil wars, and the global trade honey play a much bigger role. Their findings are published in the journal "Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment".

Press release of MLU in German:

Robin F.A. Moritz, Silvio Erler (2016) Lost colonies found in a data mine: Global honey trade but not pests or pesticides as a major cause of regional honeybee colony declines. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 216, 15 January 2016, Pages 44-50, ISSN 0167-8809, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2015.09.027.



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