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    Default Widespread Occurrence of Chemical Residues from Apiaries Located in Different Landsca

    Widespread Occurrence of Chemical Residues in Beehive Matrices from Apiaries Located in Different Landscapes of Western France
    The analysis revealed that 95.7%, 72.3% and 58.6% of the honey, honey bee and pollen samples, respectively, were contaminated by at least one compound. The three most frequent residues were the widely used fungicide carbendazim and two acaricides, amitraz and coumaphos, that are used by beekeepers to control Varroa destructor.
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    Default Re: Widespread Occurrence of Chemical Residues from Apiaries Located in Different Lan

    Very interesting article--thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Widespread Occurrence of Chemical Residues from Apiaries Located in Different Lan

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    The three most frequent residues were the widely used fungicide carbendazim and two acaricides, amitraz and coumaphos, that are used by beekeepers to control Varroa destructor.
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0067007
    Varroacide residues may not be something to be alarmed about. The opposite may be true because according to Dr. David Fischer with Bayer CropScience http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
    "there does seem to be a correlation between recent occurrence of CCD and the presence of residues of Varroa control chemicals. In these situations, hives with lower rates of CCD generally have higher varroacide residue levels. This suggests that beekeepers who are more vigilant in controlling Varroa are less likely to have CCD in their colonies."

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