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).
From beehives previously settled on the area of study, APIDIAG consists in sampling bees to analyze aimed pollutants.
These samplings enable to realize:
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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