30 Jun '17, 9am

Neonicotinoid pesticides do harm honeybees and wild bees - shows first pan-European field study. - The Ecologist

Neonicotinoid pesticides do harm honeybees and wild bees - shows first pan-European field study. - The Ecologist

The neonicotinoids investigated caused a reduced capacity for all three bee species to establish new populations Honeybee colonies in the UK suffered the lowest levels of winter survival when exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides, according to industry-funded research published yesterday. Researchers from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) have published the results of a large-scale, field-realistic experiment to assess neonicotinoid impacts on honeybees and wild bees across Europe in the peer-review journal Science . Louise Payton, Soil Association policy officer, told The Ecologist : “This long-awaited major study was funded chiefly by industry to end this debate. This should now be the final, fatal blow to neonicotinoids. "With neonics widely polluting farms, and with UK farmers still treating most wheat, an outright ban is needed immediately. But a ban isn’t enou...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2989090/ne...

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