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Neonicotinoid pesticides have long-term effects on wild bee populations

Aug 17, 2016

A new study, published in the high-impact journal, Nature Communications, analyzed almost two decades’ worth of data on 62 different species of wild bees and found that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can lead to population declines. While many studies primarily conducted on the European honeybee have identified negative impacts on individual bees and the […]

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Honey bees exposed to pesticides via contaminated wild plant pollen

Jun 27, 2016

A recently published article in the scientific journal Nature Communications has found that contaminated pollen from wild plants near land cultivated for corn and soy production is a source of pesticide exposure throughout the entire season. Researchers sought to understand the extent of environmental contamination with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, that are known to disperse from […]

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Three neonicotinoids pose a ‘high risk’ to bee populations

Oct 05, 2015

In a recent report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam were deemed to pose a high risk to bees when applied as foliar sprays. In a statement, EFSA said, “The protection of bees and the protection of pollinators are one of the essential elements that we consider in […]

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Neonicotinoids found in freshwater across the U.S.

Sep 15, 2015

Neonicotinoid insecticides are one of the fastest-growing classes of insecticides worldwide, and have been implicated in the decline of bee populations. Now, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in Environmental Chemistry has found that they are common contaminants in freshwater across the U.S. USGS scientists sampled a total of 38 streams nationwide in both […]

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Large-scale study correlates neonicotinoid use with honeybee decline

Sep 09, 2015

A recent study published in Scientific Reports has investigated the link between neonicotinoid use in oil rape fields and pollinator mortality in England and Wales. Oil rapeseed is typically planted using neonicotinoid-coated seeds, is the most commonly planted oilseed in Europe, and is mass flowering, which makes it extremely attractive to honeybees and other pollinators. […]

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The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015
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Coated seeds drive use of neonicotinoid insecticides

May 25, 2015

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology has found that neonicotinoid use is increasing rapidly in the United States. Scientists analyzed publicly available data in order to understand how neonicotinoid use has been changing since they first came on the market in 1994. This analysis is unique because unlike the national […]

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Bees prefer neonicotinoid-laced food

May 14, 2015

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests that bees may be addicted to neonicotinoid pollen. Researchers offered honey bees and bumblebees food with concentrations of imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin—the three most commonly used neonicotinoids—as well as insecticide- free food. Bees consistently chose to consume food containing imidacloprid or thiamethoxam over the insecticide-free […]

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Density of pest insects determines harm from neonicotinoids to beneficial predators

Mar 20, 2015

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been criticized for the harm they may cause to non-herbivore insects such as bees. Now, a growing body of literature suggests that their use may also indirectly harm beneficial insects that prey on insect pests. One recent study published in the scientific journal Crop Protection found that when wheat was treated with […]

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Effect of chronic field-realistic exposure to the neonicotinoid, Imidacloprid, on honeybee colony health

Mar 19, 2015

A new study published by PLOS One shows that the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, can have subtle negative effects on bee health. The study, conducted by Researchers from the University of Maryland and USDA-ARS conducted a three-year study to determine how imidacloprid levels within hives changed over time and how chronic low-level exposure to the neonicotinoid, imidacloprid […]

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