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High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove

Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%

Oilseed rape crop

Oilseed rape crops must be intensively managed for farmers to attain high yields, and this means high use of pesticides. Photograph: Chris Strickland/Alamy Stock Photo

Published on The Guardian website on the 16th August 2016

 

Pesticides used on oilseed rape crops, whose bright yellow flowers have becomeĀ an increasingly common sight across the British countryside, are harming native populations of wild bees, scientists have conclusively proved.

Species that feed most on the flowers of the now-profitable cash crop used for vegetable oils and animal fodder are down by as much as 30%, according to the wide-ranging study published in the journal Nature.

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