Honey bee survival affected by selenium

Pittalwala, Iqbal
April 2012
Western Farm Press Exclusive Insight;4/27/2012, p21
The article reports that entomologists from the University of California in Riverside have claimed that selenium can disrupt the foraging behavior and survival of honey bees. The scientists explain that very low concentrations of selenium are needed for the development of insects and humans, but they can become toxic when they replace sulfur in amino acids. They report that honey bees are not naturally equipped to avoid selenium and those fed with selenate became less responsive to sugar.


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