Volume 92 Issue 28 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 14, 2014 | Web Date: July 10, 2014

Neonicotinoids May Harm Birds

Ecology: Environmental impact of the insecticides could be broader than previously thought
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: neonicotinoid, pesticide, toxicity, honeybee

Declines in insect-eating bird populations on farmlands in the Netherlands that have coincided with the increased use of neonicotinoid insecticides suggest that the chemicals may pose a greater risk to the environment than previously believed.

Neonicotinoids are insect neurotoxins designed to wipe out pests that damage crops. The insecticides, manufactured by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Crop Protection, are usually applied as seed dressings and are absorbed by seedlings . . .

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