Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

van der Sluijs, J P, Amaral-Rogers, V, Belzunces, L P, Bijleveld van Lexmond, M F I J, Bonmatin, J-M, Chagnon, M, Downs, C A, Furlan, L, Gibbons, D W, Giorio, C, Girolami, V, Goulson, D, Kreutzweiser, D P, Krupke, C, Liess, M, Long, E, McField, M, Mineau, P, Mitchell, E A D, Morrissey, C A, Noome, D A, Pisa, L, Settele, J, Simon-Delso, N, Stark, J D, Tapparo, A, Van Dyck, H, van Praagh, J, Whitehorn, P R and Wiemers, M (2015) Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22 (1). pp. 148-154. ISSN 0944-1344

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Abstract

The side effects of the current global use of pesticides on wildlife, particularly at higher levels of biological organization: populations, communities and ecosystems, are poorly understood (Köhler and Triebskorn 2013). Here, we focus on one of the problematic groups of agrochemicals, the systemic insecticides fipronil and those of the neonicotinoid family. The increasing global reliance on the partly prophylactic use of these persistent and potent neurotoxic systemic insecticides has raised concerns about their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services provided by a wide range of affected species and environments. The present scale of use, combined with the properties of these compounds, has resulted in widespread contamination of agricultural soils, freshwater resources, wetlands, non-target vegetation and estuarine and coastal marine systems, which means that many organisms inhabiting these habitats are being repeatedly and chronically expose...

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: Tom Gittoes
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53222

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