Monitor the quality of your environment with bees!

Foraging from flower to flower in natural environments to urban areas, honeybees are real sentinels of the quality of our environment.

Every day, thousands of foragers in the colony are in contact with:
Through this regular activity, they bioaccumulate despite themselves, on their body and / or internally, the substances present in the environment. Then, the analysis of bees allows us to assess the level of overall contamination of the environment 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" . Some benchmarks have also been developed to assist in the interpretation of data.
Possible analyses: Metallic Trace Elements, PAHs, pesticides (matrix: bee bread), dioxins / furans, PCBs, VOCs, particulate matter

This service, called APIDIAG®, may be complementary to other regulatory measures (lichens, 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