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Caribbean workshop focuses on invasive alien species

Professor Helen Roy reports back from a workshop that she led alongside Centre for Ecology & Hydrology colleagues Jodey Peyton and Dr Oli Pescott on Grand Cayman last week. The event's purpose was to determine which invasive alien species were likely to arrive, establish and impact on biodiversity, ecosystems, human health and the economy across the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories within the next 10 years.

‘Conventional pesticides should be the last line of defence’

In April, EU member states voted for a near-total ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, following a review of the evidence linking their use with a reduction in honeybee and wild bee populations. Scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology published an influential large-scale pan-European field study in June 2017. In this blog post, Professors Richard Pywell and Richard Shore, who lead our Biodiversity and Pollution science areas, respectively, look at the future of crop protection following the ban.

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