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Waterborne’s Continued Focus on Pollinator Protection

December 19, 2016


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Pollinator on Flower

Pollen collection

In the Spring 2015 edition of The Current, we updated our readers on our expanding expertise in pollinator protection. Since then, we have grown our pollinator risk assessment expertise and increased our involvement in this important area. Regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders maintain focus on this issue and Waterborne has enhanced its role in the efforts to address this complex ecological challenge.

As with many other ecological challenges, Waterborne is proud to stay on the pulse of regulatory and industry activity in the area of pollinator protection. Our ecotoxicology team has been busy with the strategy and management of acute and chronic laboratory testing for both larval and adult honey bee life stages. Our field studies team continues to conduct or manage pesticide residue studies for pollen and nectar on various crop types. In June 2014, the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) of the USEPA, along with the Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) released a Guidance for Assessing Pesticide Risks to Bees. Waterborne’s risk assessment experts are well-informed on this guidance and are currently conducting hazard and risk assessments involving pollinator species. We are also applying honey bee colony modeling that can be used in higher-tier risk assessment. Within the context of endangered species risk assessments, Waterborne is investigating potential impacts on pollinators including bees and other pollinator species.

Waterborne will continue to develop expertise in order to address the multifaceted problem of pollinator protection. For more details on Waterborne’s expertise in pollinator protection, please visit http://www.waterborne-env.com/expertise/pollinator-protection/.

Contact Gregg Hancock, Lead Ecotoxicologist, with questions at hancockg@waterborne-env.com.