The INSIGNIA Project – a talk by Norman Carreck

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The INSIGNIA Project – a talk by Norman Carreck

August 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Details of how to attend this online lecture will be circulated shortly.

Norman Carreck NDB

Norman Carreck has been keeping bees for forty years, and has been a bee research scientist for twenty nine. He has lectured about bees on all continents where bees are kept, has written many scientific papers, book chapters, conference contributions and popular articles, has edited several books and regularly appeared in the media in many countries. He is a director of Carreck Consultancy Ltd and Bee Publishing Ltd. and is based at the University of Sussex, UK.


Citizen science for beekeepers – the INSIGNIA project

Honey bee colonies are excellent bio-samplers of biological material such as nectar, pollen and plant pathogens, as well as non-biological material such as pesticides or airborne contamination. All material collected is concentrated in the hive, and the honey bee colony can provide four main matrices for environmental monitoring: bees, honey, pollen and wax. INSIGNIA aims to design and test a scientifically proven citizen science environmental monitoring protocol for the detection of pesticides via honey bees. It is a pilot project funded by the EU, and is being carried out by a consortium of scientists from twelve countries.

Pollen collected in pollen traps is being sampled every two weeks to record forage on a single day. In contrast, wax acts as a passive sampler, building up an archive of pesticides, so alternative in-hive passive samplers are being tested to replicate wax as a “pesticide-sponge”. Samples are being analysed for the presence of pesticides and the botanical origin of the pollen using a DNA fingerprinting approach. Data on pollen and pesticides will then be combined to model the exposure risks to honey bees and wild bees. The system was tested in four countries in 2019 and this is being expanded to nine countries in 2020.


August 19
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm