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Neonicotinoid traces in honey – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 6th, 2017.

A global study of honey found 75 per cent of samples had traces of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been implicated in the global decline of pollinators, particularly bees. Published today in Science, the research found concentrations of the pesticide were below the amount authorised by the European Union for human consumption. Concentrations were highest in […]

Field tests show insecticide impact on bees – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 30th, 2017.

Two large-scale field experiments have shown mixed effects of certain insecticides on honey bees and wild bees. Neonicotinoids are insecticides broadly applied to many major crops but have been implicated in the decline of bees globally. Two studies, published today in Science, found mixed results. Insecticide residue in bees nests was associated with lower reproductive […]

Neo-nic pesticides need more examination – Morning Report

John Kerr posted in on October 6th, 2015.

Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report examines the issue of neonicotinoid pesticides and their impact on New Zealand’s beehives. Lois Williams spoke to Harvard Professor Alex Lu, whose research has shown previously that New Zealand pollens contain more neonicotinoids than samples obtained in the US. You can listen the report below.

Neonicotinoids linked to decline in population of some birds – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on July 10th, 2014.

SMC UK: Research from the Netherlands published today in the journal Nature found that populations of farmland birds fell most sharply in areas where pollution from neonicotinoids was highest. Neonicotinoids are used to kill insects that can damage crops. Among the birds most affected are starlings, tree sparrows and swallows. Our colleagues at the UK […]

EU votes against bee-harming pesticides – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 30th, 2013.

The European Commission has voted in favour of a two-year moratorium on the use of a pesticide known to harm bees. Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides have been blamed for falling bee numbers and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators. The Commission’s action is a […]

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