Participants of the Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Efficacy, Non-target Effects, and Best Management Practices webinar will learn about the efficacy and nontarget effects of neonicotinoid seed treatments and management practices that should be considered to minimize adverse impacts on pollinators and other nontarget organisms.
Neonicotinoids (neonics), a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine, are currently applied to virtually every corn, cotton, wheat, and canola seed planted in the United States, and most soybean seeds also are treated with neonics. Neonics are persistent and water soluble to facilitate plant uptake; however, they bind poorly to soil and only a small fraction what is applied to seeds gets into the plants. Thus, there is potential for groundwater contamination. Additionally, although they have low mammalian toxicity, use of neonics is restricted in some countries because of concern about their toxicity to honey bees, other beneficial insects, aquatic invertebrates, birds and other wildlife. In this webinar, participants will learn about the efficacy of insecticidal seed treatments and the potential routes of exposure for non-target organisms. Presenters will also offer guidance regarding management practices that should be considered to minimize adverse impacts on pollinators and other nontarget organisms.
This webinar will be presented by Christian H. Krupke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Contact William L. Hohman, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist, for more information about this webinar.
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