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Bees have cells that 'block' the effects of pesticides, despite the damage that the massive use of these products causes the insects. The conclusion is part of a study from the biology department at the University of São Carlos, in São Paulo, presented during the Latin American Congress of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Experiments showed that when bees are exposed to certain concentrations of insecticides, substances accelerate the activity of cells that act in filtering and eliminating toxins. "Even without any perceived changes in the brain or in the death rate and survival of the insects, cells attacked by pesticides can cause other damage to the health of bees," says the researcher Fábio Abdalla.

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