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Any of a class of synthetic compounds having a chemical structure similar to that of nicotine and related alkaloids, used as systemic insecticides on plants and as topical or systemic insecticides on animals.

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BJP lawmaker from Sultanpur, Maneka Gandhi, asked a question about neonicotinoid pesticide range, saying that it is one of the most dangerous pesticides and termed it "pure poison".
All plants sold are free of neonicotinoid pesticides.
A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides enters into force in France on Saturday, placing the country at the forefront of a campaign against chemicals blamed for decimating critical populations of crop-pollinating bees.
In a series of studies, a team of British researchers offered bumblebees a choice of two sugar solutions, one of which was laced with neonicotinoid pesticides.
There are concerns neonicotinoid pesticides banned by the EU from the end of 2018 may be used in Northern Ireland when the UK leaves Europe.
I HAVE often reported on the dangers to insects in general, and bees and other pollinators in particular, from the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics).
Recently, members of the European Union have voted to almost completely ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in hopes of protecting bees and the important environmental services they provide.
European Union member states have decided on a ban on the outdoor use of "neonicotinoid" pesticides after an assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) confirmed in February the dangers they posed to bees.
These assessments have shown conclusively that neonicotinoid products can be used by farmers to protect their valuable crops without harming honey bee colonies.