The pilot study in 2 min

Denmark has now made the setup in all five apiaries. The pilot study is rather complicated, but when you first do it in practical beekeeping, then it turns out to be easy. It takes 16 min to set up a colony for the pilot study. But there is a lot of small bits and pieces you have to have control on. So, at the first setup we  have to get at sessor, an envelope, clips etc. We felt we did a rather long walk as well. But now it is up running and we are looking forward to the sampling in 2 weeks’ time.

 

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The journey continues

It is not the aim of this blog to congratulate everybody on their birthday, but Sjef, if any, does deserve it. Happy birthday  Sjef (23rd January). And remember 70 is just a number.  Life is about passion. And you could not resist to continue our last 3 years pilot study using honeybees as bioindicators in the new consortium called INSIGNIA-EU. INSIGNIA-EU will run for the next 2,5 years. It is a tender put up by the EU with the title: Preparatory action for monitoring of environmental pollution using honeybees. It will run in all 27 EU countries in 2023 with at pilot study in 2022. This is a huge challenge that we will manage, because we are a very skilled, involved, and passionate team.  We are simply like a family.

Sjef! The exciting journey does continue.

We all within the consortium wish you the very best. And, let us do it!

Flemming Vejsnæs

 

INSIGNIA creating networks across Europe.

INSIGNIA is an exciting project, that has run so nice and smoothly. Within our consortium we have a great team spirit. We have become connected, involved, concerned, developed, creative, inspiring etc. I could keep writing. The short story, networks and friendships are created for lifetime. New projects arise due to constructive talks and discussion. New questions asked.

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Bee-monitoring for microplastics

By Amadeo Fernandez-Alba (Spain) Flemming Vejsnæs (Denmark) & Sjef van der Steen (The Netherlands) – The international INSIGNIA group

Microplastics are everywhere. The term microplastic is given to all micrometre (thousandth of a millimetre) sized plastic fragments. These small-sized plastic fragments come from cosmetics and industry, called primary microplastics, and also from the degradation of the enormous amounts of plastics all over the world, called secondary microplastics. Furthermore, there are also synthetic fibres, twisted with wool, cotton or cellulose used in clothing. Due to wear and washing, small parts of these fibres also end up in the environment and are also considered microplastics.

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INSIGINIA presenting on: TiBE – Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution Conference

This year, the TiBE – Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution Conference (https://cibio.up.pt/tibe/details/tibe2020) was fully dedicated to Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, which fitted like a glove in one of the INSIGNIA’s objectives: metabarcoding identification of botanical origin of pollen samples diligently collected by many Citizen Scientists from across Europe. Continue reading “INSIGINIA presenting on: TiBE – Trends in Biodiversity and Evolution Conference”