Royal Holloway research informs policy on pesticide use

Posted on 10/12/2012

Dr Nigel Raine, from the School of Biological Sciences, appeared as an expert witness to give evidence to a Commons Select Committee inquiry into Insects and Insecticides at the end of November.

The Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee inquiry  is examining the effect of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators. In particular, the Committee will consider Defra’s policy and regulations on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the light of the available evidence on the impact of such pesticides on pollinators.

The committee asked Dr Raine to explain the significance of new findings from his Royal Holloway research team on the effects of combined pesticide exposure on bumblebees recently published in Nature. The panel of academics including Dr Raine, Dr Chris Connolly and Professor Simon Potts were also asked for their views on the current pesticide risk assessment process for bees and how this might be improved for the future.

Watch the evidence session in full online (click link below).


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