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Record number 456150
Title Standard methods for toxicology research in Apis mellifera
Author(s) Medrzycki, P.; Giffard, H.; Aupinel, P.; Belzunces, L.P.; Chauzat, M.P.; Classen, C.; Colin, M.E.; Dupont, T.; Girolami, V.; Johnson, R.; Conte, Y. Le; Luckmann, J.; Marzaro, M.; Pistorius, J.; Porrini, C.; Schur, A.; Sgolastra, F.; Delso, N.S.; Steen, J.J.M. van der; Wallner, K.; Alaux, C.; Biron, D.G.; Blot, N.; Bogo, G.; Brunet, J.L.; Delbac, F.; Diogon, M.; Alaoui, H. El; Provost, B.; Tosi, S.; Vidau, C.
Source Journal of Apicultural Research 52 (2013)4. - ISSN 0021-8839
Department(s) PRI Bioint Entomology & Disease Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) honey-bees hymenoptera - size field colonies - free-flying colonies - parathion penncap-m - neonicotinoid insecticides - systemic insecticides - nosema-ceranae - pesticide sensitivity - pollen availability - rearing temperature
Abstract Modern agriculture often involves the use of pesticides to protect crops. These substances are harmful to target organisms (pests and pathogens). Nevertheless, they can also damage non-target animals, such as pollinators and entomophagous arthropods. It is obvious that the undesirable side effects of pesticides on the environment should be reduced to a minimum. Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) are very important organisms from an agricultural perspective and are vulnerable to pesticide-induced impacts. They contribute actively to the pollination of cultivated crops and wild vegetation, making food production possible. Of course, since Apis mellifera occupies the same ecological niche as many other species of pollinators, the loss of honey bees caused by environmental pollutants suggests that other insects may experience a similar outcome. Because pesticides can harm honey bees and other pollinators, it is important to register pesticides that are as selective as possible. In this manuscript, we describe a selection of methods used for studying pesticide toxicity/selectiveness towards Apis mellifera. These methods may be used in risk assessment schemes and in scientific research aimed to explain acute and chronic effects of any target compound on Apis mellifera.
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