Neonicotinoids and bees: What's all the buzz?
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 6–11, June 2013
How to Cite
Goulson, D. (2013), Neonicotinoids and bees: What's all the buzz?. Significance, 10: 6–11. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2013.00658.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2013
Neonicotinoid insecticides kill bees. Or do they? The European Union has approved a moratorium – though manufacturers say there is no evidence to implicate their product. But they demand experiments that cannot be performed, says Dave Goulson, subject their own data to no statistical analysis, and spuriously reject good evidence that does exist. So how strong is the link between these chemicals and the decline of our bees?