Common Weed killer May Cause Honey Bees Death

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In a new study, it has been said that the world’s most widely used the weed killer which may also be indirectly killing bees. As per the new research which was done by from The University of Texas at Austin that shows which have honey bees that were exposed to the glyphosate. This active ingredient in Roundup that loses some of the beneficial bacteria which are present in their guts and they are more than susceptible to all the infection as well as death from harmful bacteria.

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It has been said that scientists have believed that this evidence is glyphosate which might be contributing to the decline of honey bees as well as native bees which is around the world. As per Erick Motta, who is the graduate student who has led this research along with professor Nancy Moran which is needed to get better guidelines which are for glyphosate use that is regarding exposure to the bee. It is because right now the guidelines have assumed the bees which are not harmed by the herbicide. This study shows that it is not true totally.

The findings of this research are said to be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It has been seen that the glyphosate usually interferes with the important enzyme that was found in the plants as well as microorganisms but not in the animals. It has been assumed that this non-toxic thing to the animals that include the humans as well as bees. The latest study shows that they can alter the bee’s gut microbiome which is the ecosystem of the bacteria that is living in the bee’s digestive tract. This includes the protection that it gets from the harmful bacteria that is glyphosate compromises the ability to fight the infection.

The researchers have exposed that the honey bees to glyphosate which is at the levels that are known to occur in all crop fields, roadsides as well as yards. The researchers have painted the bees backs with the coloured dots so that they can be tracked and can also later recaptured. After three days, they have observed that the herbicide is significantly have reduced the healthy gut microbiota. Out of the eight dominant species of healthy bacteria in the exposed bees as four were found to be less abundant. It has been found that this hardest hit bacterial species Snodgrassella Alvi is a critical microbe that defends against pathogens.


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