According to a new study, researchers believe they can develop an insecticide to kill harmful pests and it does not harm beneficial insects. With a lot of debate going on, insecticides have taken front row. The environment is being bombarded with chemicals like neonics that are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically liken to nicotine, especially bees that pollinate our crops. The National Farmers Union claims they are essential to growing affordable wholesome food. They all agree we need honey bee-friendly pesticides.
“The United Kingdom is said to support a ban on insecticides that harm bees.” This statement coming from the UK’s Environment Secretary and also stating an urgent need for a substitute. Notably, protect bees and kill pests.
The research is put out by the National Academy of Science where a group of scientists is looking into honey bees and bumblebees that have a natural resistance to a few insecticides. Fluvalinate is a synthetic variety pyrethroid chemical compound, an acaricide that is commonly used to control varroa mites in honey bee colonies. However, pyrethroid insecticides are deadly to bees.
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“For the first time we are showing that unique structural features in bee sodium channels interfere with the binding of tau-fluvalinate to bumblebee sodium channels,” said Professor Ke Dong, an insect toxicologist at Michigan State University and one of the study’s authors.
A possibility of creating chemicals that go after sodium channels of harmful pests but not bees. Dong with her co-workers wants to develop a new class of insecticide that will destroy harmful insects but not bees.