Currently, neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of insecticide, are in wide use globally. These more water soluble compounds are taken up by plants to provide protection from insects.
In 2011-12 the AFL established a method for testing this class of insecticide in a number of bee related products (i.e. honey, pollen, beeswax), as well as bees themselves, to help determine the extent of exposure which may be occurring. We also test a range of environmental samples where bees and other insects may be additionally exposed to these compounds such as water, soil and vegetation. In addition, we can screen for these pesticides in fruits, vegetables, animal tissues and treated seeds Please call for further information.