Neonicotinoids, A Brief History III: Off Target

Living With Insects Blog

This post continues my post from yesterday, a series on the neonicotinoids……

The efficacy in insect control combined with the human safety factor (compared to other insecticides) and low impact on mammals and birds led to the rapid rise of imidacloprid. The success of imidacloprid led Bayer to expand their product line and led other pesticide companies to develop their own neonicotinoid insecticides. Multiple insecticides in the neonicotinoid class are commercially available. These include Acetamiprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Nitenpyram, Thiacloprid and Thiamethoxam. Compared to the insecticides they displaced, the neonicotinoids were an improvement. However, some of the good properties of neonicotinoids have led to a new set of problems.

The difference in toxicity of neonicotinoids to mammals and insects is the basis of their safety. Application rates that are sufficient to control insects are sufficiently low to be relatively safe to applicators and other workers. However high toxicity to insects…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Neonicotinoids, A Brief History III: Off Target

  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for linking to these posts on neonicotinoids. I’ve been absent for a while but I’m slowly catching up.

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