Monitoring pesticides and pollen diversity 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. 

This homepage will expire on the 31st January 2030

 

 

 

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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New publication on pollen preservation methods for ITS2 metabarcoding

Look up for latest INSIGNIA paper, that was recently published in the Springer journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. In this paper, we assessed how different methods of storing freshly-collected pollen from traps would influence its botanical identification by metabarcoding. We found out that the most citizen-scientist-friendly method of storing pollen with silica gel works very …

Citizen Science briefly explained – German

What is Citizen Science and what has it to do with INSIGNIA? Kristina Gratzer from the University of Graz explains in a mini-interview (German). More videos will follow. English translation:  Helmut: “Dear Kristina, what does citizen science mean?” Kristina: “Very briefly, citizen science includes scientific projects that are either carried out completely or, in our …

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