North American Pollinator Protection Campaign International Conference

October 19, 2012

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) held its 12th Annual International Conference at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from October 17-19.  The morning session on October 18 included keynote speeches by experts across the world.


As observed by the CRE, Dr. Anne Alix of the Dow AgroSciences, European Development Centre had some significant conclusions in her presentation based on her research.  In particular, Dr. Alix stated, “Honey bee decline, is widely recognized as a multifactored issue.”  “Pesticides are easy to identify as a factor,” because you only need to look where the pesticide is in the market.  Pathogens are much more difficult to determine their correlation to honey bee decline, but are just as much an issue.


Dr. Alix concluded that there are “limited understanding of honey bee dynamics in modern agriculture… [and that]there is a trend to focus on what affects them more than on what will help them.”  Dr.  Alix recommended that more multifactoral studies are necessary that “represent real conditions” in order to fully understand honey bee health decline.

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