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No change to pesticide regulations
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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WSAVA to extend 'One Care' project to new regions

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 Following the success of WSAVA's 'One Care' initiative in Asia, the organisation plans to extend it to new regions. The project has been running for three years and aims to improve standards of care in countries where companion animal practice is still emerging. Among other successes, in the past 12 months, One Care has seen the Veterinary Practitioners of Thailand develop its own hospital standards, and the Philippines Animal Hospital Association develop an animal welfare assessment framework.

One Care leader Dr Siraya Chunekamrai is planning an initiative with the Cambodian Veterinary Medical Association, which is keen to develop the profession in the country during 2017. 

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Pirbright Institute takes delivery of new supercomputer

The Pirbright Institute has taken delivery of a new supercomputer which will help to process and analyse the huge amounts of data generated by its research projects.

Genome research manages massive amounts of data, which requires vast computer processing and storage capacity.

Researchers say that by eliminating the bottlenecks that often occur in data analysis, it will be possible to generate information about increasing numbers of viral diseases.