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Record number 408631
Title Spatial and temporal variation of metal concentrations in adult honeybees (Apis mellifera L.)
Author(s) Steen, J.J.M. van der; Kraker, J.; Grotenhuis, J.T.C.
Source Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184 (2012)7. - ISSN 0167-6369 - p. 4119 - 4126.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-011-2248-7
Department(s) PRI BIOINT Entomology & Virology
Sub-department of Environmental Technology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) heavy-metals - bees - contamination - products - pollen
Abstract Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) have great potential for detecting and monitoring environmental pollution, given their wide-ranging foraging behaviour. Previous studies have demonstrated that concentrations of metals in adult honeybees were significantly higher at polluted than at control locations. These studies focused at a limited range of heavy metals and highly contrasting locations, and sampling was rarely repeated over a prolonged period. In our study, the potential of honeybees to detect and monitor metal pollution was further explored by measuring the concentration in adult honeybees of a wide range of trace metals, nine of which were not studied before, at three locations in the Netherlands over a 3-month period. The specific objective of the study was to assess the spatial and temporal variation in concentration in adult honeybees of Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, Sr, Ti, V and Zn. In the period of July-September 2006, replicated samples were taken at 2-week intervals from commercial-type beehives. The metal concentration in micrograms per gram honeybee was determined by inductive coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry. Significant differences in concentration between sampling dates per location were found for Al, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn Sr, Ti and V, and significant differences in average concentration between locations were found for Co, Sr and V. The results indicate that honeybees can serve to detect temporal and spatial patterns in environmental metal concentrations, even at relatively low levels of pollution. Keywords: Metals . Bioindication . Pollution . Honeybee
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