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BAYER, SYNGENTA FACE PRESSURE OVER NEONICS

Bayer and Syngenta are facing renewed pressure over their neonicotinoid-treated seeds after research funded by the companies found that the chemicals are responsible for harming some bee colonies. The study, published in the journal Science, found that bee colonies in Hungary and the U.K. had low survival rates when stationed next to fields grown with… read more

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INSECT INFO

The number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in central Mexico this year may be three or four times higher than the previous year, authorities said Thursday. Meanwhile, a researcher with Bayer says U.S. honey bee colonies could be in for a bad winter.

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BEE LOSSES

Nearly 4 of every 10 colonies of honey bees die annually, a markedly high rate, according to USDA surveys of beekeepers. The rate hit 42% in 2014-15, the second time in three years that losses exceeded 40%. Illinois is asking growers and beekeepers to register on Driftwatch.

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NEONICS CLEARED

A widely used insecticide developed by Bayer AG and tied to deaths of honeybees isn’t the main cause of the fatalities, University of Maryland researchers said in a study that may weaken arguments used by environmentalists seeking to ban the chemical.

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NEONIC BAN FALLOUT

 Nearly two years after banning neonicotinoids to save local bee populations, the European Union has a bug problem. Pest infestations may lead to a 15 percent drop in this year’s European harvest of rapeseed.  

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