Scientists Examined Native Pollinator Exposure Risk to Neonicotinoids in Native Prairie Strips

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Neonicotinoids were not detected in native prairie plants placed next to agricultural fields several years after discontinuation of neonicotinoid seed treatment. In addition, neonicotinoid concentrations were lower or absent in soils and runoff at sites with the native prairie strips.

Original Research Article: Hladik, M.L., Bradbury, S., Schulte, L.A., Helmers, M., Witte, C., Kolpin, D.W., Garrett, J.D., and Harris, M., 2017, “Neonicotinoid insecticide removal by prairie strips in row-cropped watersheds with historical seed coating use.” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 241,  60-167, doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.03.015.

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