Will neonicotinoid moratorium save the bees?

Carreck, Norman and Ratnieks, Francis (2013) Will neonicotinoid moratorium save the bees? Research Fortnight, 415. pp. 20-22.

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Most scientists who study bees believe that the longterm
declines seen in many species in Europe and North
America have been driven by changes in land use, primarily
agricultural intensification since world war two.
This has meant fewer flowers to feed from and, for some
species, fewer nest sites or less suitable habitat. The honeybee Apis mellifera is also prey to particular pests and
diseases, such as the parasitic mite Varroa destructor.
In many eyes and headlines, however, a single factor,
insecticides, has assumed a primary role in the decline
of bee populations. Particular attention has focused on
one class of systemic insecticides introduced over the
last 20 years: the neonicotinoids.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Depositing User: Norman Carreck
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 09:35
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 04:43
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47265

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