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Honeybee colonies compensate for pesticide-induced effects on royal jelly composition and brood survival with increased brood production

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Schott, Matthias ; Sandmann, Maximilian ; Cresswell, James E. ; Becher, Matthias A. ; Eichner, Gerrit ; Brandt, Dominique Tobias ; Halitschke, Rayko ; Krueger, Stephanie ; Morlock, Gertrud ; Düring, Rolf-Alexander ; Vilcinskas, Andreas ; Meixner, Marina Doris ; Büchler, Ralph ; Brandt, Annely:
Honeybee colonies compensate for pesticide-induced effects on royal jelly composition and brood survival with increased brood production.
In: Scientific Reports. Vol. 11 (2021) Issue 1 . - No. 62.
ISSN 2045-2322
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79660-w

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Abstract in another language

Sublethal doses of pesticides affect individual honeybees, but colony-level effects are less well understood and it is unclear how the two levels integrate. We studied the effect of the neonicotinoid pesticide clothianidin at field realistic concentrations on small colonies. We found that exposure to clothianidin affected worker jelly production of individual workers and created a strong dose-dependent increase in mortality of individual larvae, but strikingly the population size of capped brood remained stable. Thus, hives exhibited short-term resilience. Using a demographic matrix model, we found that the basis of resilience in dosed colonies was a substantive increase in brood initiation rate to compensate for increased brood mortality. However, computer simulation of full size colonies revealed that the increase in brood initiation led to severe reductions in colony reproduction (swarming) and long-term survival. This experiment reveals social regulatory mechanisms on colony-level that enable honeybees to partly compensate for effects on individual level.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sublethal effects; Honeybees; pesticides; Ecotoxicology; compensation; clothianidin; modelling; computer simulation; apis mellifera
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I > Chair Animal Ecology I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2021 21:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 05:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66432