BEE AS ENVIRONMENTAL BIOINDICATOR: FIRST RESULTS IN PIEDMONT

  • P. Guaraldo | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org IZS-PLV Sezione Asti e Centro Apistico Regionale, Viale Pilone, 113 – 14100 Asti, Italy.
  • A. Rosso IZS-PLV Sezione Asti e Centro Apistico Regionale, Viale Pilone, 113 – 14100 Asti, Italy.
  • M.C. Abete IZS-PLV Controllo Chimico Ambientale con annesso Creaa, via Bologna 148 - 10154 Torino, Italy.
  • R. Tarasco IZS-PLV Controllo Chimico Ambientale con annesso Creaa, via Bologna 148 - 10154 Torino, Italy.
  • A. Ferrari IZS-PLV Sezioni Genova e Savona con annesso Cerovec coord. Liguria, Piazza Borgo Pila, 39 – int.24 - 16129 Genova, Italy.
  • L. Masiello IZS-PLV Sezioni Genova e Savona con annesso Cerovec coord. Liguria, Piazza Borgo Pila, 39 – int.24 - 16129 Genova, Italy.
  • L. Sala ASL Biella - Servizio Veterinario, Italy.
  • P. Mogliotti IZS-PLV Sezione Asti e Centro Apistico Regionale, Viale Pilone, 113 – 14100 Asti, Italy.

Abstract

Many investigators have employed honeybees or honeybee products (honey, wax, pollen) as tools for assessing environmental pollution in industrial areas. Several reports refer of their utility in monitoring environmental radionuclides or heavy metal contamination. The objective of this study was to investigate the potential impact of pollution on Biella area, located in the east of Piedmont region. A survey of 6 apiaries was carried out, samples of: honey, beeswax, bees and pollen were collected and analyzed for: pesticides and PCB, neonicotinoides and heavy metal; by GC/MS, LC/MS/MS or AAS. We found 23% of samples of bees contained neonicotinoides, suggesting the correlation with bees mortality.

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2011-01-08
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Keywords:
bee, neonicotinoids, pesticides, heavy metal, PCB.
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Guaraldo, P., Rosso, A., Abete, M., Tarasco, R., Ferrari, A., Masiello, L., Sala, L., & Mogliotti, P. (2011). BEE AS ENVIRONMENTAL BIOINDICATOR: FIRST RESULTS IN PIEDMONT. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 1(1zero), 283-284. https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2011.890