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Tiny traces of neonicotinoid pesticides impair insects' ability to spot predators

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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uos-tto040919.php

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides can impair a flying insect's ability to spot predators and avoid collisions with objects in their path, new research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

Residual traces of these widely-used pesticides can profoundly affect a flying insect's ability to detect movement--a skill crucial to survival, according to the paper published in the journal NeuroToxicology.

Within an hour of being treated with tiny amounts of neonicotinoids or their metabolites (trace elements present after the insecticide begins to break down), the flying insects did not turn, glide or stop to avoid collision.

Read on: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/uos-tto040919.php

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