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Medication may put honey bees at risk

With bee numbers in decline in North America and Europe, pesticides have come under scrutiny as possible culprits for the increase in mortality. In particular, acaricides that are applied to hives to control the Varroa mite and the neonicotinoid insecticides that are widely used in crop protection are suspected of contributing to the insects' dwindling numbers, but no single compound has yet been shown to cause the losses.

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