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July 13, 2015

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The long-standing regulatory requirements of the USEPA for pesticides are designed to protect beneficial insects such as bees. However, since reports of unusually high hive losses during the winter of 2006 to 2007 (many of which were attributed to what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder), the USDA, USEPA and stakeholders have been focused on the improvement of pollinator protection, and Waterborne has become part of the effort to address this complex ecological challenge.

We’re currently involved with pollinator issues from a variety of perspectives. Our ecotoxicology team has experience with laboratory testing of both larval and adult honey bee life stages and familiarity with various field study test designs. Our field studies team has conducted several pesticide residue studies for pollen and nectar on various crop types and con­tributed to 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 staff members have also 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.

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