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Research into the effects of pesticide use on tits

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Birds are often used as an indicator of a biodiversity that is under global pressure. For the United States, it has been calculated that avifauna has declined by 29% since 1970. The decline in meadow and farmland birds is particularly striking, a trend that is also well documented for Europe and Flanders. Possible causes are the intensification and scaling up of agriculture, together with the use of monocultures and pesticides. A recent screening for juvenile tits in Flanders showed that exposure to pesticides can indeed be considerable.

Within this project, the geographical distribution of this exposure in Flanders will be investigated by taking samples from Great tits and Eurasian blue tits. Both species are common and to be found everywhere in Flanders and are, due to their preference for nest boxes, easy to study. Samples will be taken in urban, rural and nature areas, as well as in areas with intensive agriculture. This will also make it possible to use the exposure of both tits species as a model for other bird species. In addition, it will be possible to investigate the direct effects of certain pesticides on the body condition of tits and the ecotoxicological effects at population level.
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Effective start/end date1/01/2031/12/24

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