What is Apidiag ?

Apidiag is a method of environmental diagnosis using bees.

In concrete terms, we use bee’s sensitivity to evaluate the quality of the environment in which they are settled.


Indeed, bee is a reliable indicator of environmental quality, above all because she is in contact with a huge number of pollutants during its daily activities on an area of exposition really important (foraging in a 27km² surface in water, air and ground matrices).




How does it work?

From beehives previously settled on the area of study, APIDIAG consists in sampling bees to analyze aimed pollutants.


These samplings enable to realize: 

  • Spatial comparisons (realization of samplings on multiple sites in a same period)
  • Temporal comparisons (realization or several samplings per year in a same apiary)



What can we analyze from these bee samples ?





The analysis of pollutants in bees enables to detect and quantify Heavy Metals, PAH, PCB, Dioxins/Furans, COV and pesticides.



Quantities detected are expressed   as an index of environmental quality.


The analysis of particles enables to detect fine particles (PM2.5) and coarse particles (PM10) collected by bees.


 These particles are qualifiable (ex: cement particle).

The analysis of biomarkers in bees enables to detect and exposure to an unusual environmental stress in bees.


In other terms, we evaluate bees health in the environment.

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APIALERTE won a gold medal during World Beekeeping Awards 2013
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APIALERT Won a gold medal in innovation category of the World Beekeeping Awards 2013 (WBA2013)