Canola and cotton perhaps? Soybeans?
There may be a question or two about how both native and managed pollinators interact with soybeans.
Corn pollen does get taken by Honeybees, even though corn is self pollinating.
Don't be so sure about what the pollinators are doing out there in the field.
Soybeans are an interesting plant... some places in the this country bees seem to really go after SB... making a real honey crop, but mostly bees seem to ignore the plant. Now corn.... it is rare to find a bee in GMO field corn... I don't think you could make a bee pollinate the stuff, but garden corn is quite different.
Veni, vidi, Velcro. I came, I saw, I stuck around.
Perhaps Monsanto, et al. are missing a key opportunity to not only increase yields, and support managed pollination by making ALL of their GMO crops attractive to Honeybees while also increasing yields for farmers.
It's a political 'trump card' to boot.
I sometimes think that Monsanto just doesn't think things through.
Nah, though it could bee a drain on their profits! You have to think small, very small. Their, patented DNA is flying all over the place...
im confused with your point. "abrasion of active substance from treated seeds during sowing of maize" mentioned in your article = "planter dust problem" (which is exactly what Jonathan said).
"The issue is whether this happens under field conditions and if it does, how frequent an event is that. Other than the planter dust problem, which is clearly a serious issue to address, the evidence for problems under field conditions is scant to say the least."
I think that the above statement ignores studies like the following:
Hazards of pesticides to bees – 10th International Symposium of the ICP-Bee Protection Group
118 Julius-Kühn-Archiv 423, 2009
Bee poisoning incidents in Germany in spring 2008 caused by abrasion of active
substance from treated seeds during sowing of maize
btw, an enlightening article on GMO plants on Randy Oliver's site:
My point was that there are field studies, and the evidence isn't 'scant'.