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Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, July 2014
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Title
Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations
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Nature, July 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13531
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Caspar A. Hallmann, Ruud P. B. Foppen, Chris A. M. van Turnhout, Hans de Kroon, Eelke Jongejans

Abstract

Recent studies have shown that neonicotinoid insecticides have adverse effects on non-target invertebrate species. Invertebrates constitute a substantial part of the diet of many bird species during the breeding season and are indispensable for raising offspring. We investigated the hypothesis that the most widely used neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, has a negative impact on insectivorous bird populations. Here we show that, in the Netherlands, local population trends were significantly more negative in areas with higher surface-water concentrations of imidacloprid. At imidacloprid concentrations of more than 20 nanograms per litre, bird populations tended to decline by 3.5 per cent on average annually. Additional analyses revealed that this spatial pattern of decline appeared only after the introduction of imidacloprid to the Netherlands, in the mid-1990s. We further show that the recent negative relationship remains after correcting for spatial differences in land-use changes that are known to affect bird populations in farmland. Our results suggest that the impact of neonicotinoids on the natural environment is even more substantial than has recently been reported and is reminiscent of the effects of persistent insecticides in the past. Future legislation should take into account the potential cascading effects of neonicotinoids on ecosystems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 14 2%
United Kingdom 7 <1%
Switzerland 7 <1%
Canada 6 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
France 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Belgium 2 <1%
Other 11 1%
Unknown 725 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 160 20%
Student > Master 144 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 144 18%
Student > Bachelor 120 15%
Unspecified 56 7%
Other 162 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 395 50%
Environmental Science 174 22%
Unspecified 99 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 4%
Chemistry 15 2%
Other 74 9%

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