Neurobiology of the Honeybee, Effects of neonicotinoids on the brood care of honeybees, Broodmonitoring in vivo
The European Commission has decided to suspend the agricultural use of three neonicotinoids until 2015, since these pesticides are supposed to threaten the vitality of honeybee colonies. My project aims to investigate whether insecticide exposures affect developing larvae, brood caring nurse bees, or the interaction of both. We want to study behavioral deficits of nurse bees and adult bees, raised with insecticide-spiked food, by using a video-camera technique. Also the brood development of similar raised colonies is analyzed with photographs and computer software. With our results we hope to draw realistic conclusions about possible threads on honeybees by insecticide usage in agriculture.