Common Industrial Farming Practice Shown to Manipulate the Genes
A new study published in the online journal PLOS One, shows even more compelling evidence of the harm caused by the use of neonicotinoids. Very low exposure, only two parts per billion, showed to have an impact on the genes of honey bee larvae.
The genes involved in breaking down toxins are particularly affected by exposure to neonicotinoids most probably to manage exposure to the pesticide. In experiments conducted on the most widely studied insect, the common fruit fly, similar genetic changes were observed along with a significant decrease in the ability of a larva surviving to adulthood.