Study a surprise: Commercial bees unfazed by pesticides

April 22, 2015 11:33 PM

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WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

But in the study published Wednesday by the journal Nature, honeybees — which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops such as almonds — didn't show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did. This is a finding some experts found surprising. A second study publ...

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