Toxicopathological Determination of Safe Dose Ranges of Neonicotinoids for Honey Bee Colonies

Researcher: Elemir Simko, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: WGRF-SCDC 2015.125

Final Report: November 2019

Summary: Neonicotinoid insecticides are used as a seed treatment for a variety of crops worldwide, including canola. Those treated crops contain low residues of neonicotinoids in nectar and pollen, however the true impact on honey bee health is disputed and controversial. In a recent three-year project, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan determined safe dose ranges of neonicotinoids on honey bees. The results showed that honey bee colonies appear to tolerate environmental neonicotinoid contamination of nectar and pollen up to 5-10 ng/g; with no demonstrable effects of concentrations similar to those reported worldwide. However, chronic exposure to high environmental doses of 20 ng/g of neonicotinoids (recently reported in Saskatchewan honey and pollen) had negative effects on honey harvest and population of bees in exposed colonies.

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NOTE: This project was supported by the Mitacs Accelerate program.

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