Large-scale use of the persistent and potent neonicotinoid and fipronil insecticides has raised concerns about risks to ecosystem functions provided by a wide range of species and environments affected by these insecticides. The concept of ecosystem services is widely used in decision making in the context of valuing the service potentials, benefits, and use values that well-functioning ecosystems provide to humans and the biosphere and, as an endpoint (value to be protected), in ecological risk assessment of chemicals. Lees meer…
This study is part of the World Wide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (WIA). The International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides has examined over 800 scientific studies spanning the last five years, including industry sponsored ones. It is the single most comprehensive study of neonics ever undertaken, is peer reviewed, and published as free access so that the findings and the source material can be thoroughly examined by others.
The synthesis chapter of the WIA can be found here.
Background information on the Task Force and its findings can be found here.