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Household insecticides may be playing a role in declining bee populations. Vera Krischik, department of entomology, and her lab are exploring how a group of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, might be making bees less resistant to parasites and pathogens that contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder, where worker bees in a colony abruptly disappear. Honey bees who are exposed to insecticides have problems flying and finding their way back to the hive, lose their sense of taste and have more difficulty learning new tasks. Roughly two-thirds of the world's crops rely on bees for pollination. So if the bees are in decline, many fruits, vegetables and other plant based foods are going to decline with them. Learn More Here!