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Ecological Modeling for Pesticide Risk Assessment for Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
27.05.2014

Pesticide Risk Assessment for Pollinators (Eds D. Fischer and T. Moriarty), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118852408.ch11

Grimm V, Becher MA, Kennedy P, Thorbek P, Osborne

Current pesticide risk assessment for honey bees is based on laboratory tests and on semi-field and field studies. Risk assessment schemes focus on quotients of the hazard imposed by a compound and the predicted exposure to this compound in the field. This chapter gives a brief introduction into the rationale and approaches of ecological modeling of population dynamics. It presents an example model to demonstrate the potential insights that can be gained from such ecological models, summarizes current modeling practice, and describes recent attempts to establish good modeling practice (GMoP), which is needed to make mechanistic effect models applicable for regulatory risk assessment. It provides an overview of existing models of honey bee colonies and gives recommendations for the potential use of these models for pesticide risk assessment. The chapter briefly discusses how ecological modeling could support risk assessment of non-Apis pollinators.


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