Nerve agents in honey

  • Christopher Connolly

    Press/Media: Research


    There is widespread concern over the global loss of biodiversity. The decline in bee abundances is particularly alarming given their role in pollination; bee losses are a major threat to human food security and ecosystem stability. These losses are associated with intensive land use, which exposes bees to pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids. The latter may harm bees directly and/or exacerbate threats from other chemicals, imported parasites and diseases (1), or habitat loss. On page 109 of this issue, Mitchell et al. (2) show that most honeys sampled from around the world between 2012 and 2016 contain neonicotinoids at levels known to be neuroactive in bees. The work highlights the global nature of this threat to bees.

    Period5 Oct 2017

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    Media contributions

    • TitleThe pesticide killing off bees ends up in most of the world's honey
      Degree of recognitionInternational
      Media name/outletIBTimes
      Media typeWeb
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      DescriptionThree-quarters of the world's bees are exposed to harmful levels of poisonous pesticides in their food, resulting in contamination of their honey.
      PersonsChristopher Connolly