Pollinator Expert Makes Headlines on Insecticide Decision

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Prof. Nigel Raine

Dr. Nigel Raine, a pollinator researcher in the School of Environmental Sciences, spoke to the National Observer about a decision by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to allow the continued use of two neonicotinoid insecticides.

The article was re-published in the Toronto Star.

Raine noted that his and others’ research have found increasing evidence that aquatic insects and ground-nesting bees are particularly vulnerable to “neonics.”

Raine holds the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation and is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Linnean Society of London. His research focuses on pollinator behaviour and the monitoring of wild pollinator populations in Ontario.