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Invasion of the 'frankenbees': the danger of building a better bee
by Bernhard Warner
The Guardian Translate This Article
16 October 2018
On 16 October 2018 The Guardian reported:
The spring of 2008 was brutal for Europe's honeybees. . . . An investigation in July of that year concluded that the bees in Germany died of mass poisoning by the pesticide clothianidin, which can be 10,000 times more potent than DDT. In the months leading up to the bee crisis, clothianidin, developed by Bayer Crop Science from a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, had been used up and down the Rhine following an outbreak of corn rootworm. The pesticide is designed to attack the nervous system of crop-munching pests, but studies have shown it can be harmful to insects such as the European honeybee.
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It muddles the bees' super-acute sense of direction and upsets their feeding habits, while it can also alter the queen's reproductive anatomy and sterilise males. As contaminated beehives piled up, Bayer paid euro 2m (British pounds 1.76m) into a compensation fund for beekeepers in the affected area, but offered no admission of guilt.
. . . Another, more controversial, response to the slump in bee populations is in the works. This is the plan to create a more resilient strain of honeybee -- a genetically modified superbee.
The prospect horrifies many bee people -- from commercial beekeepers such as Haefeker to passionate amateurs -- who see a lab-made superbee as a direct threat to the smaller, struggling bee species. Traditional beekeepers have a name for them that expresses their fear and suspicion: Frankenbees.
. . . Damage to the bee population, by harming a vital pollinator, is already threatening crops worldwide.
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