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The stingless bee species, Scaptotrigona aff. depilis, as a potential indicator of environmental pesticide contamination.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Neonicotinoids have the potential to enter the diet of pollinators that collect resources from contaminated plants. The species Scaptotrigona aff. depilis (Moure, 1942) can be a useful indicator of the prevalence of these chemicals in the environment. Using high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, the authors devised a protocol for neonicotinoid residue extraction and detected the presence of neonicotinoids in the bee bodies. Thus, the authors consider this species to be a potential indicator of environmental contamination.
Animals, Bees/chemistry, Bees/drug effects, Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid, Environmental Pollutants/analysis, Environmental Pollutants/chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Pesticides/analysis, Pesticides/toxicity
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