Its findings were published yesterday in the journal, Science.
As Richard Pywell, an ecologist at the UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, puts it, “We’re showing significant negative effects at critical life-cycle stages, which is a cause for concern.” (Pywell co-authored a paper resulting from the field trial.)
But, in an unexpected twist, the results also found that the German bees seemed to have come through the trial without negative effects!
Pywell believes he knows why. Wildflowers growing near the German fields may have kept those colonies healthier and more resistant to the toxic effects of the chemical than those in the other two countries.
Meanwhile, Health Canada is considering whether to take another member of the "neonic" family, imadacloprid, off the market. It has delayed its decision on the matter.
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