Any crop breeding program is a balancing act. For every problem you look to address, you potentially open the door to new and unexpected ones or risk losing desired traits. The more traits you try and breed into a crop, the more you have to think about how those traits affect each other. That’s the situation lentil breeders find themselves in as they try and address the big issues facing producers and try to anticipate future issues as well.
The European Commission 'severely restricted' three neonicotinoids — clothiandidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam — in an effort to protect honeybees, but critics say the regulations are doing for the very opposite. "In 2013 the European parliament voted to ban the use of neonics on flowering plant species, because of concerns about bee health," said Simon Kightley,…Read more »