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article imageInsecticides harm birds by devastating their food chain

By Tim Sandle     Jul 12, 2014 in Environment
Amsterdam - New research indicates that insecticides like neonicotinoid are harming birds by rippling through the food chain. Bird populations have declined in areas where certain insecticides are used.
A new study argues that insecticides called neonicotinoids might be responsible for observed declines in bird populations. The insecticides have previously been linked to declining bee populations.
According to The Independent, researchers from the Radboud University Institute of Water and Wetland Research have shown that bird populations in the Netherlands have shrunk in areas with higher surface-water concentrations of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide which acts as an insect neurotoxin. It acts on the central nervous system of insects. Imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world.
In 2013, the European Commission announced that it would severely restrict the use of neonicotinoids for two years in attempt to protect bees. The research results would suggest that such concerns should also be extended to other types of animals.
The research findings have been published in the journal Nature. The research is called "Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations."
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