Jorge M. Lobo

Jorge M. Lobo

Jorge M. Lobo
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Researcher in the Department of Biogeography and Global Change at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC).

Reactions to an analysis of the causes of insect decline in Europe

The decline of insects in Central and Western Europe in recent years is mainly due to human activities and the intensification of agriculture, according to a study funded by three companies (Bayer, BASF and Syngenta) that manufacture pesticides. The paper, published in PLoS ONE, summarises an analysis of 82 other published studies and explains the causes of population declines in two groups of insects: carabids (ground beetles) and lepidopterans (including moths and butterflies). The authors estimate that "anthropogenic activities in general" are most responsible for this decline, followed by agricultural intensification (including pesticides) and climate change in third place.

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