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Sussex bee scientists question value of neonics ban

The European Commission’s two-year moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides is no “triumph for bee conservation”, say University of Sussex bee scientists.

In fact, say Norman Carreck and Professor Francis Ratnieks from the university’s Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI), scientific evidence both against and in favour of the ban is “far from clear-cut”.

Norman Carreck has been keeping bees for more than 30 years and has been studying bee diseases for more than 20 years. Professor Ratnieks is the UK’s only Professor of Apiculture.

Norman Carreck says: “It is not clear what purpose this two-year moratorium will serve, unless it is used to answer some of the outstanding questions.”

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