EU-wide study backs full neonicotinoid ban

Previous crops treated with neonicotinoids have a lingering impact on bees, reinforcing calls for comprehensive prohibition

The research provides ammunition to campaigners against neonicotinoid use. Photograph: Gilles San Martin CC BY-SA 2.0Bee populations are at risk from neonicotinoids in spite of EU bans, according to a pan-European field trial.

Residues may pose a greater threat than direct uses, warned an industry-funded study published in the journal Science on 29 June.

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