Drilling sugar beet© Tim Scrivener
Decades of improvements in sugar beet yield are under threat from the government’s support for a total ban on neonicotinoids, British Sugar has warned. The group of chemicals could be withdrawn from use as soon as the middle of December, when EU member states could vote on a complete ban in a bid to halt declining bee populations (see panel below). However, concerns have been raised that a blanket approach risks harming sugar beet production, and having a bigger effect on […]
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