The exposure of honey bees (Apis mellifera; Hymenoptera: Apidae) to pesticides: Room for improvement in research

Johanna Benuszak 1 Marion Laurent 2 Marie-Pierre Chauzat 2, 1
1 UCAS - Unité de coordination et d’appui à la surveillance
Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l'Alimentation, de l'Environnement et du Travail
Abstract : Losses of honey bees have been repeatedly reported from many places worldwide. The widespread use of synthetic pesticides has led to concerns regarding their environmental fate and their effects on pollinators. Based on a standardised review, we report the use of a wide variety of honey bee matrices and sampling methods in the scientific papers studying pesticide exposure. Matrices such as beeswax and beebread were very little analysed despite their capacities for long-term pesticide storage. Moreover, bioavailability and transfer between in-hive matrices were poorly understood and explored. Many pesticides were studied but interactions between molecules or with other stressors were lacking. Sampling methods, targeted matrices and units of measure should have been, to some extent, standardised between publications to ease comparison and cross checking. Data on honey bee exposure to pesticides would have also benefit from the use of commercial formulations in experiments instead of active ingredients, with a special assessment of co-formulants (quantitative exposure and effects). Finally, the air matrix within the colony must be explored in order to complete current knowledge on honey bee pesticide exposure.
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Johanna Benuszak, Marion Laurent, Marie-Pierre Chauzat. The exposure of honey bees (Apis mellifera; Hymenoptera: Apidae) to pesticides: Room for improvement in research. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 2017, 587–588, pp.423-438. 〈〉. 〈10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.062〉. 〈anses-01504495〉



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