Pilot Study on Neonicotinoids in Bee-Friendly Flowers

Project Description

PRI staff worked with Friends of the Earth-US to conduct a pilot study to detect neonicotinoid insecticide residues in the tissues of flowering plants commonly purchased at commercial garden centers. To help FOE make this information available to researchers, retailers, policy makers and home gardeners, PRI collaborated on the pilot study’s design and execution, as well as the development of a report presenting new quantitative information on the levels of neonicotinoids found in common nursery plants purchased at retail garden centers across the United States. This study found that 54% of sampled plants contained neonicotinoid pesticides toxic to bees, a first step towards providing a statistical picture of the scope of nursery plant contamination with neonicotinoid insecticides.

To learn more, please visit the Friends of the Earth’s BeeAction campaign webpage.