MINNEAPOLIS - Neonicotinoids is a group of insecticides commonly used in urban gardens and forests as well as in agricultural fields. These insecticides were introduced in the early 1990s as a way to rid these gardens, forests and crops of damaging insects without harming mammals, humans.
Research has been going on in the last 10 years and more than 20 research papers have been written that are showing that these chemicals are detrimental to beneficial insects as well. The research shows the they might be making bees less resistant to the parasites and pathogens that researchers now believe are likely causes of the Colony Collapse Disorder.
Bachman's Garden center recently decided to take this research seriously and joined in on a diverse panel, led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, at the direction of the Minnesota State Legislature, to address the steady decline of bees and other pollinators so vital to our environment and economy, and help develop new practices for all industry leaders.
Their decision was to not use these neonicotinoids in any of their Bachman -- grown nursery stock this season and also to pull the chemicals from the shelves.
Bobby interview Dr. Vera Krischik an entomologist at the U of M. Her lab at the U is exploring this issue and she is on the leading edge of this research.
Link to "Killer in a Bottle" article about this.
Link to College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences at the U of M.
This subject is very important and we will continue to cover this on KARE 11 and Grow with KARE.