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No change to pesticide regulations
bee pesticide neonicotinoid
Neonicotinoid law remains unchanged, despite link to bee decline

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced there will currently be no changes to UK pesticide regulations, following a review into the effects of neonicotinoids.

The pesticide neonicotinoid has been linked to a fall in the UK bee population, with scientists claiming that it causes worker bees to stop providing food and eggs for larvae, bumblebees to restrict food supply to the hive, and honey bees to experience a breakdown in their navigational abilities.

In response, several studies from earlier this year were assessed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of HSE, an independent expert advisory committee on pesticides, bee experts in DEFRA's Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and DEFRA's Science Advisory Council.

Though the report said the studies were "interesting", it was not believed that permitted neonicotinoid levels would have a serious effect on bee populations.

Friends of the Earth nature campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: "The govenment's failure to act on neonicotinoid pesticides is astonishing - there is still a massive question mark over the impact of these chemicals in declining bee populations."

DEFRA have commented that they are carrying out additional research, however they believe the studies were either not carried out under field conditions, or neonicotinoid was used at a higher dose to that which is currently permitted.

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UC Davis Vets to host One Health symposium

The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is set to host the inaugural One Health Symposium on August 24, 2014.

The symposium will address health issues currently affecting much of the world, such as emerging infectious diseases, as well as common health concerns that affect both humans and animals, like diabetes and cancer.

Dr. Karl Jandrey, director of the Centre for Continuing Professional Education, said: "With the recent outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases around the world, it is important that health care professionals gather at events like the One Health Symposium to share thought-provoking ideas that show interplay between all of Earth's inhabitants."

"UC Davis physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, biologists, and stakeholders will all be at this event to discuss and debate many important topics that impact us all. The symposium will be a great showcase of the strengths that we have in One Health at UC Davis in both the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine."

The event is open to all and webinar access is available for those unable to attend in person. More information and registration for the symposium can be found at www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ce