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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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University of Liverpool joins fight against Zika

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 The University of Liverpool is collaborating with 25 leading research and public health organisations in the fight against Zika virus.

As part of the ZikaPLAN consortium, the University will work on improving the diagnosis of Zika, better understanding the neurological complications, and working towards vaccines and treatments.

Other organisations in the consortium will explore non-vector and vector transmission and risk factors for geographic spread. They will also measure the burden of disease and investigate how the virus has evolved.

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First Eastern European Veterinary Conference a 'resounding success'

The first ever Eastern European Veterinary Conference organised with the support of BSAVA has been declared a 'resounding success' by delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and organisers alike.

The event, held in Belgrade in October, welcomed some 1,000 vets from 37 different countries across Eastern Europe and beyond.

The BSAVA has confirmed that planning for next year's conference is underway when it will become known as The Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference (EERVC) to better represent the broad range of countries attending.