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Pesticides: interactions between agrochemicals increase their harm to bees

By Harry Siviter, PhD Candidate in Ecology, Royal Holloway University of London
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A doctor will always ask if you are on any other medication before they write you a prescription. This is because pharmaceuticals can interact with each other and potentially disrupt the treatment, or even harm the patient. But when agrochemicals, such as pesticides, are licensed for use on farms, little attention is paid to how they interact with one another, and so their environmental impact is underestimated.

Bees are important pollinators of both crops and wildflowers. It’s estimated that 35%…


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