In August 2012 the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced that it would conduct a review to look at the use of Neonicotinoid insecticides in Australia (http://www.apvma.gov.au/news_media/chemicals/neonics.php)This work included a consideration of current data requirements for testing of insecticides and the adequacy of current bee warnings on pesticide product labels... One of the draft recommendations arising from the APVMA "s overview report stated.. The APVMA in partnership with other agencies should consider holding a 1-day symposium for a wide range of stakeholders...
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"The research is investigating a range of spray application issues, including the best combination of nozzles, spray pressures and pesticide formulations to minimise drift and optimise efficacy," Dr Young said... "The GRDC is funding research on spray drift reduction technology because we want to ensure any new buffer zone requirements are based on the latest technology and, importantly, Australian conditions," Dr Young said... Dr Young said the focus of the new training project would be to continue to raise awareness of spraying best practice and to increase the number of skilled people who can provide quality information and training to growers...