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Effect of environmental stressors on social insects

The natural habitats of insects have changed enormously during last the centuries. Insects need to deal with habitat fragmentation and change in composition of flora and fauna. This can lead to increase of various stress factors, among others to nutritional stress. As due to intensification of the land use for agricultural purposes the availability of food sources has decreased both in diversity as in biomass. This type of unbalanced diet can lead to severe consequences. The nutritional deficiency is often coupled with increased exposure to various toxins used in plant production, causing stress of its own (Dickel et al., 2017). Now it is more than ever important to understand what kind of environmental factors are affecting insect health and how to devise methods to help our keystone species.

 

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