Neonicotinoid seeds

Neonicotinoid seeds

neonicitinoid coated seeds displayed

Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides. Image shows treated soybean seeds (blue), versus untreated soybean seeds at the top and treated corn seeds (red) versus untreated corn seeds at the bottom.

IMAGE: Ian Grettenberger / Penn State