Reconciling laboratory and field assessments of neonicotinoid toxicity to honeybees.

  title={Reconciling laboratory and field assessments of neonicotinoid toxicity to honeybees.},
  author={Micka{\"e}l Henry and Nicolas Cerrutti and Pierrick Aupinel and Axel Decourtye and M{\'e}lanie Gayrard and Jean-François Odoux and Aur{\'e}lien Pissard and Charlotte R{\"u}ger and Vincent Bretagnolle},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={282 1819}
European governments have banned the use of three common neonicotinoid pesticides due to insufficiently identified risks to bees. This policy decision is controversial given the absence of clear consistency between toxicity assessments of those substances in the laboratory and in the field. Although laboratory trials report deleterious effects in honeybees at trace levels, field surveys reveal no decrease in the performance of honeybee colonies in the vicinity of treated fields. Here we provide… CONTINUE READING
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