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?