ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

Monitor the quality of your environment with honey bees!

Foraging from flower to flower in natural environments as well as urban areas, honey bees are the true sentinels our environment's quality.

Every day, thousands of foragers from a single colony are in contact with:
Through this daily activity, honey bees bioaccumulate all kinds of molecules and particles, on the surface of their bodies or internally, both from the atmosphere
and the environment. The analysis of the compounds accumulated allows to assess the level of the overall environmental contamination in the foraging area
(up to 3km around the hives).
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This biomonitoring method, developed by APILAB, has been standardized since 2017: AFNOR XP X43-909 standard "Active biomonitoring of the environment using the honeybee" . Benchmarks have also been developed to assist in the interpretation of the data.
Possible analyses: Metallic Trace Elements, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, pesticides (matrix: bee bread), dioxins / furans, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Volatiles Organic Compounds, particulate matter.

This service, called APIDIAG®, may be complementary to other regulatory measures (lichen, mosses).

This method is particularly applicable as part of regulatory monitoring for ICPE / SEVESO companies:
- For conducting zone studies (INERIS)
- For air monitoring around classified facilities (INERIS)
-For media condition and health risks assessment . (INERIS)

APIDIAG® will allow you to obtain reliable and accessible indicators of the overall quality of your environment and to implement actions to improve and / or raise awareness among stakeholders.
If we take into account the fact that a hive contains on average around 40,000 bees,
and that a quarter of these are foragers who each day “visit” a thousand flowers each,
we can estimate that a colony of bees carries out 10 million micro-samples daily.
Claudio Porrini