Regulatory News

Two articles published in Nature magazine indicate that some types of pesticides pose more risk to bees than previously thought. Scientific studies at the University of Newcastle in England, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland indicate that insects are attracted to neonicotinoite insecticides, which are derived from nicotine. This is because, not only do the bees not taste the product, the bees prefer plants with the component due to an induced effect on their brains.

According to researcher Geraldine Wright, the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Newcastle, the neonicotinoids act in insects similar to the way smoking does in men. She pointed out that since the bees do not taste the pesticide, they end up ingesting the product while feeding.

Because of the effect of neonicotinoids, the most widely used pesticide in the world, in bees, the United States and the European Union have restricted the use of three products that use the substance.

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