Ecology: Pesticides linked to bird declines

@article{Goulson2014EcologyPL,
  title={Ecology: Pesticides linked to bird declines},
  author={Dave Goulson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2014},
  volume={511},
  pages={295-296}
}
Decreases in bird numbers are most rapid in areas that are most heavily polluted with neonicotinoids, suggesting that the environmental damage inflicted by these insecticides may be much broader than previously thought. See Letter p.341 The use of neonicotinoid pesticides in recent decades has been linked to declines in bees and other invertebrate pollinators. Caspar Hallmann et al. present data from the Netherlands showing a correlation between declines in insectivorous farmland bird… Expand
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