Neonics – The Debate Continues

The risk to bees, and other pollinating insects, from neonicotinoids is still unclear if these reports are to be believed.

Dead Honey Bees
Dead Honey Bees

Damian Carrington in today’s Guardian reports on a study published by researchers at Harvard University under the headline “Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds”.

“The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insecticide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear.

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Colony numbers remaining static despite increased use of neonics
Colony numbers remaining static despite increased use of neonics

While Forbes magazine in February highlighted a story pointing out that  in the USA colony numbers have remained at about 2.5 million since 1996, and are showing signs of an increase.

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