Bee researcher touts flower power

August 12, 2015

From: Capital Press

Don Jenkins

Washington State University researcher Tim Lawrence preaches flower power, not pesticide bans in helping honeybees.

COUPEVILLE, Wash. — Researcher Tim Lawrence has been all around Washington state testing bee hives for neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides banned by the European Commission for their purported harm to honeybees.


The Washington State University researchers expect to publish their findings soon in the Journal of Economic Entomology, adding to the body of knowledge on an emotional debate. So emotional, it’s hindering an effective response to honeybee losses, Lawrence said. “I think the whole neonicotinoid issue is a huge, unnecessary distraction when looking at what’s necessary for bees.”

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