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    Exposure to naturally occurring defensive compounds in flowers may have allowed honey bees to better tolerate some synthetic pesticides used to kill mites in the hive.

    Exposure to naturally occurring defensive compounds in flowers may have allowed honey bees to better tolerate some synthetic pesticides used to kill mites in the hive.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Exposure to naturally occurring defensive compounds in flowers may have allowed honey bees to better tolerate some synthetic pesticides used to kill mites in the hive.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum and her colleagues at Illinois identified specific enzymes in the honey bee midgut that allow it to detoxify pesticides used to kill mites.

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