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This is a repository of documents and links that the Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers wishes to make available to decision makers.

Letter to Decision Makers with Oregon State Law citations.

Example letter from Thurston County, WA county commissioners to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, requesting a ban on neonics for
“ornamental use”.

Thurston County Commissioners to WSDA


OBS’s Gary Rondeau Op Eds and blog entries and other writings:

Delayed and time-cumulative toxicity of imidacloprid in bees, ants and termites,
Gary Rondeau, Francisco Sanchez-Bayo, Henk A. Tennekes, Axel Decourtye,
Ricardo Ramırez-Romero & Nicolas Desneux, Scientific Reports  07/2014; 4(5566):8. DOI: 10.1038/srep05566

Pesticides and Pollinators – A look at Modern Neurotoxins (ppt file)- Slide presentation prepared for 2014 SAVE the BEES event.  ppt file has comment for many slides that will aid in understanding the presentation.  PDF version does not have comments.

 Analysis presented to Washington State Department of Ecology on permit to use imidacloprid to treat oyster beds to control burrowing shrimp.

Gary Rondeau, RG Op Ed. March 20, 2013,  Stop selling poisons that kill honeybee colonies.

Time-dependent Toxicity of Imidacloprid in Bees and Ants

The Case Against Imidacloprid


Recent Papers and Supporting Documentation: (clickable links to full-text papers)

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Bees, with Recommendations for Action.
By Jennifer Hopwood, Mace Vaughan, Matthew Shepherd, David Biddinger, Eric Mader, Scott Hoffman Black, and Celeste Mazzacano.  Xerces society.

Jeroen P van der Sluijs, Noa Simon-Delso, Dave Goulson, Laura Maxim, Jean-Marc Bonmatin, Luc P Belzunces (2013). Neonicotinoids, bee disorders and the sustainability of pollinator services, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 5, Issues 3–4, September 2013, Pages 293–305.

Gennaro Di Prisco,  Valeria Cavaliere,  Desiderato Annoscia,  Paola Varricchio, Emilio Caprio, Francesco Nazzi, Giuseppe Gargiulo, and Francesco Pennacchio.  Neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects insect immunity and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees,  PNAS 2013 ; published ahead of print October 21, 2013, doi:10.1073/pnas.1314923110

EFSA. 2013. Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for bees for the active substance imidacloprid. EFSA J 11:3068.

Sánchez-Bayo F. 2009. From simple toxicological models to prediction of toxic effects in time. Ecotoxicology 18:343-354.

Gill RJ, Ramos-Rodriguez O, Raine NE. 2012. Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees. Nature 491:105-108.

Tennekes, H.A. and Sánchez-Bayo F. The molecular basis of simple relationships between exposure concentration and toxic effects with time.  Toxicology  04/2013; 309:39-51. DOI:10.1016/j.tox.2013.04.007

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2014 10:00 am

    Can you give us an idea of how our readers might help? Is there something online to sign, for instance? Thanks.


  1. Willapa/Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association proposing neonicotinoid application in Willapa Bay – Please help — Washington State Beekeepers Association

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