Existing scientific evidence of the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees
Reports about bee colony losses and damage have increased in recent years all over Europe. Neonicotinoids, a class of systemic insecticides, are more frequently associated with the pollinator declines. The present briefing note gives an overview about neonicotinoid uses and recent scientific findings on their impact on bee colony survival and development. Risk-mitigation measures aimed at protecting non-target organisms (such as bees), are outlined and discussed.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union (European Parliament)
- Personal author(s): Riss, Alarich; Grimm, Margrit; Sedy, Katrin; Süßenbacher, Elisabeth
- Subject: environmental impact , environmental protection , environmental research , insect , market approval , pesticide , research method , scientific research , toxic substance