Volume 90 Issue 24 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 11, 2012

Bee-Linked Pesticide Under Fire

Honeybee Crisis: France acts on study that shows adverse effects of a neonicotinoid on bee behavior
Department: Business
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: honeybees, colony collapse disorder, pesticide, neonicotinoids

A Syngenta pesticide, thiamethoxam, is likely to be banned in France because of concerns about the compound’s effects on honeybees. Thiamethoxam is an active ingredient in the Swiss firm’s Cruiser OSR neonicotinoid pesticide, which is used as a seed coating for the oilseed crop rapeseed.

The proposed ban follows research by French scientists showing that bees exposed to thiamethoxam in nectar have trouble returning to their . . .

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