Bee losses double in EU despite neonictoinoids ban

The latest news in Bee Health is that the preliminary results were released for international bee colony mortality from the 2014-2015 winter, conducted by the independent bee researchers' network COLOSS.

A key takeaway is that restrictions on neonicotinoids in the European Union did not lead to an immediate improvement in bee health; the loss rate was twice as high once the restrictions were in place, showing colony losses are not correlated to the use of neonics.

The overall loss rate was 17.4%, twice as high as in the past year according to the 469,249 honey bee colonies that contributed to this data.

We will continue our efforts to improve bee health despite the fluctuation in bee populations occurring in Europe.

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