The research featured in this poster examined how phytochemicals in nectar and pollen (quercetin and p-coumaric acid), which are known to upregulate cytochrome P450 detoxification enzymes, affect honey bee survival in combination with the pesticides propiconazole, a fungicide, and chlorantraniliprole, an insecticide. While consuming either phytochemical in the absence of pesticides can prolong longevity, consumption of pesticides reduced bee lifespan significantly with or without phytochemicals present.
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Kelley, Allison G.; Ling-Hsiu, Liao; and Berenbaum, May, "You Are What You Eat: Food-Drug Interaction in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)" (2017). Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students. 2.