Nutritional stress exacerbates impact of a novel insecticide on solitary bees’ behaviour, reproduction and survival

Anina Knauer, Cedric Alaux, Matthew Allan, Robin Dean, Virginie Dievart, Gaétan Glauser, Tomasz Kiljanek, Denis Michez, Janine Schwarz, Giovanni Tamburini, Dimitry Wintermantel, Alexandra-Maria Klein & Matthias Albrecht
Pesticide exposure and food stress are major threats to bees, but their potential synergistic impacts under field-realistic conditions remain poorly understood and are not considered in current pesticide risk assessments. We conducted a semi-field experiment to examine the single and interactive effects of the novel insecticide flupyradifurone (FPF) and nutritional stress on fitness proxies in the solitary bee Osmia bicornis. Individually marked bees were released into flight cages with monocultures of either buckwheat, wild mustard...
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