Regulatory News

The Brazilian physicist Paulo de Souza, who works at the Organization of Scientific and Industrial Research of Australia, leads the team of scientists who created a micro-sensor measuring 2.5mm and weighing 5mg to help discover the cause of bee deaths recorded in recent years. Placed on the back of 5000 insects, the device transmits data from pollination to honey production.

Tests are being made in the Tasmanian region in four hives. In two, the bees are not largely impacted by air and water pollution. The other two hives receive small doses of neonicotinoid pesticides, prohibited in some countries under the suspicion of intoxicating the insects.

Early results show that bees having contact with pesticides take longer to return to the hives. One objective is to take the test to Brazil in the second half of the year. Souza aims to study the bees that live in the Amazon.

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