Saving The Bee A Major Issue At Oregon State

Oregon State University is hot on the trail of improving the lot of honeybees, an interest triggered by declining populations of the insect vital to agriculture.

OSU has a new tool for the industry in the Pacific Northwest to reduce the impact of pesticides on bees.

A revised publication is available in the wake of an estimated loss of 50,000 bees in a Wilsonville parking lot in mid-2013. The Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed that the deaths were related to an application of a pesticide to city trees to prevent aphids, a problem not linked to agriculture.

However, the episode has resulted in ODA slapping a six-month restriction on use of 18 insecticides containing dinotefuran.

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