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Scientists have found that pesticides the ability of bees to food. Bees must learn which flowers nectar (their food) from the smell of the flowers. If the bees do not learn which mean food, they will . Researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland and Newcastle University in England found that pesticides used by farmers and can switch off the part of a bee's brain that is responsible for smells with food. Lead researcher Dr Geraldine Wright said pesticides could seriously the survival of honeybee colonies. She said, "bees that cannot learn will not be able to find food". This also means bees will not crops and plants.

Bee populations around the world have been . Scientists have searched for a long time for a reason why so many bees are . This new research may be an important . However, the British government does not want to stop the use of the pesticides that may bees from learning. It wants to out more tests to make sure pesticides are the real for the in the number of bees. A spokeswoman from the Friends Of The Earth said the government must act sooner rather than later. "Bee health is far too to wait until more research has been completed. [Controls] should be placed on these pesticides until bee safety can be []," she said.

 


 
 

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