Over the past 15 years neonicotinoid insecticides have rapidly grown to become the most widely used and fastest growing class of insecticides worldwide with a market share of 25%. Neonicotinoids (now also called neonics) act systemic: they enter the plant sap through the roots, making the whole plant permanently toxic to insects. Neonicotinoids are unprecedently toxic to beneficial insects such as pollinators. Neonicotionoids are neurotoxic and act cumulative. Neonicotionoids are unique in their harmfulness to insects in sub-lethal dose and chronic exposure. Suspected of being the cause of worldwide decline of honey bees and wild pollinators and of the observed massive decline of entomofauna at large as well as the parallel decline in insectivorous bird populations, better insight in its ecological risks are urgently needed.
Title of Poster: Systemic Pesticides (Neonicotinoids and Fipronil)
Too Much Risk for Biodiversity and Natural Ecosystems