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dc.contributor.advisorKing, Jonas G.
dc.contributor.authorIsbilir, Sena
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-17T18:22:18Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/18011
dc.description.abstractReports of declining insect populations suggest that more research focusing on this phenomenon is needed, especially in pollinator insects. Climate change, habitat destruction, and usage of certain pesticides have all been implicated in insect decline. Neonicotinoid pesticides are highly toxic to bees, can have drastic sub-lethal effects on behavior, and are persistent in the environment; likewise, they have been implicated as a major factor affecting bee populations. However, there are limited studies on native bees regarding their interactions with neonicotinoids, even regarding simple questions such as exposure levels. In this study, we aimed to assess concentrations of common neonicotinoids in native bees and soils from a threatened habitat in our region, the Black Belt Prairie, by using a modified QuEChERS LC/MS-MS protocol. Our results showed that specific taxa of native bees- Bombus spp., Xylocopa spp., and Mellissodes spp. (Family: Apidae)- were exposed to neonicotinoids. In contrast, no concentration of neonicotinoids was detected in our soil samples.en_US
dc.subjectNative beesen_US
dc.subjectNeonicotinoid Residueen_US
dc.subjectQuEChERS LC/MS-MSen_US
dc.subjectSoilsen_US
dc.subjectthe Mississippi Black Belt Prairieen_US
dc.titleA Survey of Neonicotinoid Residue Levels in Native Bees and Soil of the Mississippi Black Belt Prairieen_US
dc.typeGraduate Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathologyen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen_US
dc.date.authorbirth1992-01-01
dc.subject.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.subject.majorEntomologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeBrown-Johnson, Ashli
dc.contributor.committeeHill, JoVonn G.
dc.date.defense2020-06-18
dc.rights.embargodescriptionVisible to MSU only for 1 yearen_US
dc.rights.embargotermsforeveren_US
dc.rights.embargoliftdate2021-08-15
dc.date.graduation2020-08-07


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