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

Godfray, H. Charles J. ; Blacquière, Tjeerd ; Field, Linda M.; Hails, Rosemary S.; Petrokofsky, Gillian ; Potts, Simon G. ; Raine, Nigel E. ; Vanbergen, Adam J.; McLean, Angela R.. 2014 A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning neonicotinoid insecticides and insect pollinators. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 281 (1786), 20140558. 9, pp. 10.1098/rspb.2014.0558

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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: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1098/rspb.2014.0558
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Directors, SPCs
Watt
ISSN: 0962-8452
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - Official URL link provides full text
Additional Keywords: insecticides, neonicotinoids, pollination, honeybee, bumblebee, pollinator
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Agriculture and Soil Science
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 22 May 2014 10:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/507306

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