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Honeybee Health Damaged by Common Fungicides, Study Finds

Fungicides used on apples and other crops lower the honey bees’ ability to defend against a potentially lethal parasite linked to bee colony deaths, a study found.

Commercial honey bees exposed to the fungicide chlorothalonil had a three times greater risk of being infected by the parasite linked to Colony Collapse Disorder than those not exposed to the chemical used to fight off fungus, according to research today in the journal PLoS ONE.