Waterborne has collective knowledge in the field of pollinator protection from contract research and industry laboratory and field testing, study management, risk assessment and consultation on agricultural management practices. We’re involved with pollinator issues from a variety of perspectives, ranging from management of laboratory testing to working with industry on pollinator issues. Our ecotoxicology team is experienced with laboratory testing of both larval and adult honey bee life stages. This includes relevant oral and contact acute tests as well as toxicity of residue honeybee laboratory exposures; including study design, validity criteria, data interpretation and reporting. We also have familiarity with various semi-field and field test designs (e.g., honey bee tunnel test) and their utility for pollinator risk assessment schemes. Our field studies team has conducted several pesticide residue studies for pollen and nectar on various crop types.
Several Waterborne staff members have experience in reviewing and evaluating best management practices for supporting pollinator biodiversity. We’re also knowledgeable in beekeeping practices and the colony lifecycle of honeybees. We’ve worked on the commercial field program of Operation Pollinator, which researched and established enhanced margins of farmland using seed mixtures selected to promote native pollinators. Our staff members have also focused on pollinator diversity in relation to the current scientific literature and public and private initiatives, and development of educational tools designed to synthesize and communicate scientific information for multiple stakeholders.
Our team has contributed to hazard and risk assessments involving pollinators, which have evaluated pesticide effects on pollinators and other non-target terrestrial invertebrates, including neonicotinoid insecticides for seed treatment uses. We’ve conducted assessments incorporating methodology approaches outlined in the USEPA/PMRA/CDPR bee risk assessment white paper and the subsequent guidance document, as well as SANCO methodology.