Monitoring pesticides via honeybees

This website is part of the pilot project Environmental monitoring of pesticide use through honeybees (ret PP-1-1-2018) with the acronym Insignia  which has received funding from the European Union. 



About the project

INSIGNIA is an innovative project which will build on the wide range of expertise of the applicants developed during previous projects such as the COLOSS “CSI Pollen project”. INSIGNIA involves the development of a protocol for a citizen science monitoring programme using beekeepers to collect biweekly pollen samples from honeybee colonies for analysis for pesticide residues and botanical origin. In the first year, in four EU member states representing all authorisation zones, monitoring using the well-established technique for collecting pollen samples using pollen traps, will be compared with two innovative techniques: the collection of beebread using a novel sampling device, and the use of passive in-hive sampling devices.

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INSIGNIA presenting itself oral to the public and authorities in Rome: Title: “Using pollen to monitor pesticide environmental pollution with a citizen scientist approach: the INSIGNA project”, by Jozef van der Steen – Alveus AB Consultancy. Apimondia Honey Bee Health Symposium in Rome 13th-15th Feb 2019. New approaches to honey bee heath. Meet INSIGNIA on …

The INSIGNIA project will involve the beekeeper citizen scientists collecting pollen samples using pollen traps, but the scientists have concerns about possible degradation of chemical residues in the pollen during the sampling period, storage and transport. For this reason, we will also be testing two alternative methods of collecting pollen, an innovative passive device, of …

Introducing INSIGNIA

Introducing INSIGNIA (environmental monitoring of pesticide use through honey bees) By Norman Carreck and the INSIGNIA Consortium ( In recent years, there has been much global concern about the plight of bees, which are exposed to many threats including habitat loss, pests and diseases, and environmental factors such as the use of agricultural pesticides and …


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