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A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators

Godfray, H.C. J., Blacquiere, T., Field, L. M., Hails, R. S., Petrokofsky, G., Potts, S. G., Raine, N. E., Vanbergen, A. J. and McLean, A. R. (2014) A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 281 (1786). 20140558. ISSN 1471-2954

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0558

Abstract/Summary

There is evidence that in Europe and North America many species of pollinators are in decline, both in abundance and distribution. Although there is a long list of potential causes of this decline, there is concern that neonicotinoid insecticides, in particular through their use as seed treatments are, at least in part, responsible. This paper describes a project that set out to summarize the natural science evidence base relevant to neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators in as policy-neutral terms as possible. A series of evidence statements are listed and categorized according to the nature of the underlying information. The evidence summary forms the appendix to this paper and an annotated bibliography is provided in the electronic supplementary material.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:37205
Uncontrolled Keywords:insecticides, neonicotinoids, pollination, honeybee, bumblebee, pollinator
Additional Information:The full text of this article is freely available via PMC using the link supplied in Related URLs
Publisher:The Royal Society

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