Neonicotinoid Pesticide Linked To Massive Wipe Out of Bees
A recent study has linked the massive die-off of bees to the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid. Recently, mysterious massive die-off of bees was experienced in North America and Europe. The findings of the study have raised the brows of critics who are of the view that during the study, the researchers have used over dose of imidacloprid.
However, the researchers while acknowledging the findings said, "Our result replicates colony collapse disorder as a result of pesticide exposures. We need to look at our agriculture policy and see if what we're doing now is sustainable".
Neonicotinoids were developed in 1990. They were deemed to be less-toxic alternative to the pesticides. Therefore, they become quite popular as an industrial agricultural strategy. The researchers of the study have informed that neonicotinoids disrupt insects' central nervous systems.
It has come to light that neonicotinoids does not affect the insects immediately after spraying. The particles of neonicotinoids enter the body of insects through vascular tissues of plants. The news of colony collapse disorder stirred the industry for the very first time in mid-2000s.
The commercial beekeepers informed that they have experienced 30 to 90% of colony collapse. It was actually difficult for the researchers to find a concrete cause behind the mysterious massive die-off of bees. However, after spending years on the research, the researchers have found that neonicotinoids had been taking its toll over the beehives.
However, critics are of the view that the researchers have used powerful dosage of the neonicotinoid pesticide. They further said that neonicotinoid is better than the traditional pesticides as they are not effective enough to kill the insects. However, the researchers have emphasized that neonicotinoid pesticide has lead to mysterious deaths of massive beehives.