Young bumblebees fail to develop navigation skills after exposure to pesticides (Via the Telegraph)

Study reveals that chemicals brought back to a nest by older members of a colony cause irreversible brain damage to young.

Baby bumblebees exposed to pesticides may never develop the navigation skills needed to forage for food, scientists have found.

A new study shows that when pesticides are brought back to a nest by older members of a colony, they cause irreversible brain damage to the young.

Experts at Imperial College London (ICL) used miniature CT scanning technology at the Natural History Museum to examine the effects of pesticides on bees at three and 12 days after they emerged from their pupae. The scans showed significant damage to the development of the part of the brain that governs learning.

Full article here: The Telegraph

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