Brooks, A., Candolfi, M., Kimmel, S and Poulsen, V (2015). The Challenge: Pollinator risk assessment - Past, present, and future. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34 (7), p1454 - 1456.
Abstract: Bees are important pollinators with a high economic value; thus, there is great concern regarding their reported worldwide decline. The cause of this decline is being fiercely debated, with much speculation regarding the impact of agricultural chemicals on bee populations. Furthermore, the challenge of producing a sustainable and highly sophisticated risk-assessment scheme that is able to address the realistic potential hazards to pollinators has also become a contentious issue, being discussed intensively by all interested stakeholders. In the present column, we present 3 perspectives on the current science surrounding this topic and how we can best use this to assess the true risks to bees from agricultural chemicals.
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