Environmental Fate and Toxicity of Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Neonicotinoid insecticides have been shown to be responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees, which can devastate honey bee populations. However, there has not been significant research identifying the fate of neonicotioid insecticides in the environment and the products they form as they breakdown. Additionally, the resulting toxicity of the degradation products has not been studied. This project aims to identify the hydrolysis and photolysis products of neonicotinoids in the environment and to determine if the products are toxic to non-target organisms.

Project Staff: 

Dr. William Arnold and Stephen Todey