According to the new research, “Imidacloprid (pronounced: ah-me-dah-clo-prid) differed from conventional spray pesticides in that it could be used as seed dressings or soil treatments. When used as a seed dressing the insecticide will migrate from the stem to the leaf tips, and eventually into the flowers and pollen. Any insect that feeds on the crop dies; but bees, bumblebees, hoverflies and butterflies that collect contaminated pollen or nectar from the crop are also poisoned.”
New research conducted by Rosemary Mason, Henk Tennekes, Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Palle Uhd Jepsen contributes to further substantiate the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators. Dr. Henk Tennekes discovered toxicological proof of the actions of neonicotiniods and upon realizing the dire consequences of environmental pollution with these systemic pesticides was morally compelled to write the best-selling book, Disaster In The Making, to warn the general public about an impending environmental catastrophe. Dr. Francisco Sánchez-Bayo provided further ecotoxicological information which can be found in this new research.