2021 Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award Winner
Dr Chiara Giorio, University of Cambridge
Awarded for research on the environmental fate of systemic pesticides, influencing global pesticide regulation for sustainable agriculture.
Dr Giorio's research group has been investigating the environmental dispersion of neonicotinoid insecticides through dust emitted by seeders during the sowing of corn seeds treated with neonicotinoids, and the consequential in-flight contamination and acute toxicity for honeybees. They conducted field trials where bees were trained to fly over a maize field during sowing. Their research explained some of the large and rapid colony collapses observed in Europe during the spring seasons.
The group's research, together with the work of the other scientists, has laid the foundation for improving policy around pesticide approval for use in Europe for more sustainable agriculture. Other countries have followed the lead of Europe.
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