The Neonicotinoids

Charlie Mellinger  |   September 22, 2003

A revolutionary group of insecticides hit the U. S. market during the early nineties. This group is known as the neonicotinoids and presently includes brand names such as Admire, Provado, Platinum, Actara, and Assail manufactured by, Bayer, Syngenta and Cerexagri. These insecticides are labeled on many crops, including fruits, vegetables, turf and ornamentals and some row crops. A wide range of pests is controlled including some of the most crop limiting that we have. This list includes the silverleaf whitefly, Colorado potato beetle, many species of aphids and, many thrips, weevils, psyllids, leafhoppers, etc. The products are environmentally friendly and are in EPA's Reduced Risk category.

The systemic activity of these pesticides allows several application methods to be used. For example, drench applications systemically control pests giving up to 6 to 9 weeks of control, while foliar applications have provided 1 to 2 weeks of residual control. Foliar applications are absorbed rapidly into the leaf and move through the leaf to provide control on the leaf undersides. Growers must follow strict Resistance Management Guidelines to keep the crop limiting pests susceptible to this valuable insecticide group. In my next Crop Talk I will describe what some Florida growers are doing to maintain pest susceptibility to the neonicotinoids.

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NY  |  April, 07, 2013 at 08:33 AM

Please see below link. Neonicotinoids are now seen as the cause of the colonie collapse of bees. I urge all to think twice about using these pesticides both for your health and the future of pollination.

Langdon Hagen-Long    
Virginia Beach, VA  |  May, 11, 2013 at 09:04 AM

I agree. Most of Europe has banned these products. Neonicotinoids should be pulled from the market until further research can be conducted. The world's food supply is at stake.

Temple  |  June, 07, 2013 at 03:57 PM

As said above, it is a systematic insecticide, which means it is drawn up inside the plant, making it impossible to peel, or wash off. Neonicotinoids act on mammalian brain cells much like its namesake nicotine. In a 100 page report 'Impact of the Nations Most Widely Used Insecicides on Birds' (mar 2013) it says that if a bird eats a single seed treated by a neonicotinoid that it can die

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