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Sampling in the field

Neonicotinoids, farmer behaviour and pollinators

Neonicotinoids are pesticides used as a seed treatment to prevent damage to crops by pest invertebrates.

There has been recent concern that their widespread use may be having a negative effect on non-target organisms, including honeybees and other pollinating insects. This has led to a ban on the use of some neonicotinoids as a seed treatment on bee-attractive flowering crops in the EU to allow further research and regulatory assessment.

We are using this opportunity to carry out a small study alongside existing research looking at how farmer behaviour, yield and the presence of pollinators in fields changes in response to the moratorium.

Grants and funding

This project is funded by the CB Dennis Trust.