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Beekeeping => Bee News => Topic started by: Bakersdozen on January 11, 2021, 01:13:19 pm

Title: Pollution from an ethanol plant killing research hives in Nebraska
Post by: Bakersdozen on January 11, 2021, 01:13:19 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/10/mead-nebraska-ethanol-plant-pollution-danger (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/10/mead-nebraska-ethanol-plant-pollution-danger)

This is an interesting article about a small town and wildlife suffering from the run off from a legal but poorly monitored ethanol plant.  The bee lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, headed my Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, was unable to stop acute kills of their research hives.  Judy started doing some research and uncovered a terrible situation.  I heard her speak on her research and findings about this ethanol plant.  In entombed cells that found toxic levels of Chlorothalinal.  Chlorothalinal causes delayed larvae development, and creates spotty brood.  Her team was finding the bees were removing unhatched eggs after 8 days.  They found the Chlorothalinal in pollen not nectar. She speculated that nectar foragers might not be making it back to the hive.