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TalkScience@BL, June 2013

Pollinators and pesticides: is there a plan bee?

A discussion chaired by Bill Turnbull with Dr David Aston, Dr Peter Campbell and Dr Lynn Dicks. 21 June 2013

Our twenty-first TalkScience event, Pollinators and pesticides: is there a plan bee? was a panel discussion chaired by Bill Turnbull (BBC presenter and beekeeper) with Dr David Aston (British Beekeepers Association), Dr Peter Campbell (Syngenta) and Dr Lynn Dicks (University of Cambridge), who expressed a diverse range of views on the decline of insect pollinators and the effects of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, on bees. The event was also filmed by BBC Horizon as part of a programme on demystifying the bee. Discussion points as part of the debate included;

  • What is the most significant threat facing the bee?
  • Do other wild insect pollinators face the same pressures as honeybees (habitat loss, parasitic varroa mite, pesticides)?  
  • Do pesticides used to protect crops, such as neonicotinoids, affect insect pollinators?
  • Is the European Commission ban on neonicotinoids worthwhile?
  • What does the future hold for bees and other wild insect pollinators?

 

 

 

If you couldn't make it on the night, photos are also available online, and you can see tweets from the night using #BLTalkScience.