Improved regulation needed as pesticides found to affect genes in bees

Phys.org | March 07, 2019

Scientists are urging for improved regulation on pesticides after finding that they affect genes in bumblebees, according to research led by the Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with Imperial College London. For the first time, researchers applied a biomedically inspired approach to examine changes in the 12,000 genes that make up bumblebee workers and queens after pesticide exposure. The study, published in Molecular Ecology, shows that genes which may be involved in a broad range of biological processes are affected. They also found that queens and workers respond differently to pesticide exposure and that one pesticide they tested had much stronger effects than the other did. Other recent studies, including previous work by the authors, have revealed that exposure even to low doses of these neurotoxic pesticides is detrimental to colony function and survival as it impairs bee behaviors including the ability to obtain pollen and nectar from flowers and the ability to locate their nests.

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BIOTECH , a synonym for ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, POWER, ECO-FRIENDLINESS, HYGIENE AND HEALTH, has been established as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), in 1994, even though its activities originated long before during the early eighties. BIOTECH has been registered under the Charitable Societies Registration Act, with its head quarters functioning at Thiruvananthapuram.

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