by Andrea Germanos
‘Neonics’ have been linked to decline in bee populations
A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees has more found in more than half of the streams in the United States where samples were taken, new research has found.
Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids, or “neonics,” in urban and agricultural land use settings across the nation.
Neonics can be used as a seed coating or foliar spray, and they are widely used, despite a body of evidence calling them a threat to global biodiversity and linking them to lethal and sub-lethal harm to bees.
The USGS reserachers detected at least one of six neonics in 63 percent of the 48 streams they sampled. Read Full Article »