Glyphosate harms honeybees, study finds

Honey bees exposed to glyphosate were found to have decreased amounts of microbiota in their gut leaving them open to harmful pathogens and ultimately death, according to a new study

Honey bees exposed to glyphosate were found to have decreased amounts of microbiota in their gut— leaving them open to harmful pathogens and ultimately death, according to a new study.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) yesterday, researchers at the University of Texas collected honey bees to investigate the impacts of the herbicide.

Microbiota helps the bees' metabolism, weight gain and immune system but levels of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Bayer's Monsanto Roundup weedkiller – commonly found in the environment decreased the useful bacteria in bees guts.

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