The Bee Protection Group 14th Symposium of the International Commission for Plant-Pollinator Relationships (ICP-PR) on the hazards of pesticides to bees was held in Bern (Switzerland) on 23-25th October.
The ICPPR was founded in 1950 as the International Commission for Bee Botany (ICBB) with the intention of promoting and coordinating research on relationships between plants and pollinators, including studies of insect pollinated plants, pollinator foraging behaviour, effects of pollinator visits on plants, management and protection of insect pollinators, nectar and pollen, and of products derived from plants and modified by bees. The Bee Protection Group organises symposia every 2-3 years foccusing on the hazards of pesticides to bees and within the attendees are representatives of National Authorities, European Commission and EFSA, as well as the members of the ICPPR working groups. In this year‘s sessions, the experimental advances in the methodologies to assess the effects of plant protection products in laboratory, semi-field and field studies were presented, including those related to non-Apis species.
Furthermore, presentations focussing on monitoring and risk assessment were also held. Within the latter, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) session ‘Are flowering weeds in agricultural treated fields a significant exposure route for risk assessment?‘ was presented. This session presented the ECPA work in collaboration with ERM on the ‘Regulatory report on the occurrence of flowering weeds in agricultural fields’.
The list of all sessions, and their abstracts, presented on this 14th ICPPR International Symposium can be downloaded from the ICPPR website in the following link. We will also be sharing a link with the proceedings once these are issued.
For advice related to the risk assessment of pollinators, please contact Mike Coulson on +44 (0)1423 520245 or email@example.com.
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