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Seed dust kills bees?
« on: July 07, 2012, 05:06:40 PM »
Local beek lost a bunch of hives, ostensibly to a pesticide. Thousands of bees died in one day.

Tests came back inconclusive, but he was told that the problem was likely a combination of the pesticide dust on the outside of the seeds (a neonicotinoid) and the machinery used to plant the seeds. The machinery apparently spreads the dust. I didn't realize it was the dust that was the problem, but I haven't spent the time to read much about it. I think I'm going to start (in my spare time, lol).

I hear anedotally that this is difficult to set up studies for and there isn't a good body of science on this. Would you all agree? Would like to hear of any definitive OR inconclusive studies.