Environmental assessment of PAHs through honey bee colonies – A matrix selection study

Our new article about the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in honey bee matrices is out! Honey bees and theri products have been used for monitoring the quality of the enviroment in whivch we all live! Bees are the best #BIOINDICATORS !
An Insignia-Eu project collaborative work. Soon more results will be published! In this link you can dowload your copy!
For your information: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of over 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat. Animal studies have also shown that PAHs can cause harmful effects on the skin, body fluids, and ability to fight disease after both short- and long-term exposure. But these effects have not been seen in people. Some people who have breathed or touched mixtures of PAHs and other chemicals for long periods of time have developed cancer. Some PAHs have caused cancer in laboratory animals when they breathed air containing them (lung cancer), ingested them in food (stomach cancer), or had them applied to their skin (skin cancer).
Fani Hatjina

Alice Pinto, happy birthday

When we spot somebody having birthday in our consortium, we celebrate for sure.
We all congratulate Alice Pinto with her birthday today (16-12-2023).
Why not ask Bing’s AI. “Who is Alice Pinto”, and here it comes.

“M. Alice Pinto is a professor and a researcher from Portugal who specializes in honeybee genetics and conservation. She works at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and the Mountain Research Centre. She has published many papers and books on topics such as honeybee diversity, evolution, molecular research, and environmental monitoring. She is also involved in several national and international projects related to honeybee health and sustainability.”

As Alice did reply, “no reason to worry about AI, since I have done far more work in my life!”. Conclusion: AI still not an intellectual threat!

Alice with her team is an important and hardworking partner of INSIGNIA, doing the metabarcoding on all our pollen samples. A new way for pollen recognition and will become the way for pollen analysis in the future. It is still a long journey and big workload doing this and the databases are still not perfect, but after INSIGNIA a major step up is done.

Flemming Vejsnæs

Pictures are from the BeeConSel meeting in Ljubljana recently, where Alice was in the advisory board of the project.