neonicotinoid


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neonicotinoid

(nē′ō-nĭk′ə-tə-noid′)
n.
Any of a class of synthetic compounds having a chemical structure similar to that of nicotine and related alkaloids, used as systemic insecticides on plants and as topical or systemic insecticides on animals.
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Writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the scientists led by Dr Mickael Henry, from the French INRA agricultural institute in Avignon, concluded: "We have now reconciled the conflicting laboratory and field assessments of neonicotinoid toxicity.
Those resisting the use of some seed coatings material claim for example that insecticide seed coatings or neonicotinoids are harmful.
Before neonicotinoid use was restricted, imidacloprid use in the UK had declined to the point where it was relatively little used on oilseed rape.
He added: "This was a sensible move, given that the judicious use of neonicotinoid PPPs [plant protection products] actually reduces the amount of overall insecticides used".
The National Farmers' Union was pleased about the relaxing of rules on two types of neonicotinoid pesticides, but claimed the changes did not go far enough.
Reversing the decline in pollinator populations requires attention to reducing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, and supporting healthy soils and pollinator habitats," said Shelley Alpern, Director of Social Research and Shareholder Advocacy at Clean Yield Asset Management.
Grain Farmers of Ontario and its members continue to call on the province to work with farmers on the proposed regulations, to avoid "an irreparable blow to agriculture that the Conference Board of Canada has predicted will follow a neonicotinoid ban in Ontario.
But outdoor tests show that neonicotinoid exposure for some wild bees can be worrisome, a second paper reports.
Comparative toxicological evaluation between different formulations of two selected neonicotinoid pesticides on Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquito.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an analysis of the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDF) has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an urgent interim review of neonicotinoid insecticides to assess the harm the products pose to bees.