The neonicotinoid thiamethoxam impairs male fertility in solitary bees, Osmia...

Abstract The ongoing loss of global biodiversity is endangering ecosystem functioning and human food security. While environmental pollutants are well known to reduce fertility, the potential effects of common neonicotinoid insecticides on insect fertility remain poorly understood. Here, we show that field-realistic neonicotinoid exposure can drastically impact male insect fertility. In the laboratory, male and…

Foundation Vinetum lecturer in wild bee health (Dozentin/Dozent)

Advertisement As of the 01.06.2021, the Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, is seeking a candidate to fulfil the following lecturer (100%) position: Foundation Vinetum lecturer in wild bee health (Dozentin/Dozent) Duties in teaching and scientific research: Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in veterinary medicine and biology Research on key factors of wild…

Metabolomics unveils the influence of dietary phytochemicals on residual pesticide...

The losses of honey bee colonies and declines of other insect pollinators have been associated with negative effects of pesticides. Honey bees as well as other pollinators are nectar and pollen foragers and thus are exposed to an extensive range of phytochemicals. Understanding the synergistic, additive, and antagonistic effects of plant secondary metabolites and pesticides…