Bee deaths in Austria continue despite insecticide ban

March 19, 2014


VIENNA, March 14 (Xinhua) — Bee deaths in Austria remain an acute problem despite the government has partially banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides from October 2013, Austria Press Agency reported Friday.

The pesticides have been linked to the so-called colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers, government organizations and NGO’s considered the situation still serious due to pesticide use and varroa destructor mites.

Environmental group Global 2000 said the pesticides still remain in the soil, albeit in a lower concentration.

However, the mild winter just passed by is largely blamed for the problems of varroa mites which caused bees being active earlier this year, said President of the Beekeeper’s Association Johann Gruscher.

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