In a new initiative, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is developing a national long-term programme to monitor pesticide residues in honey samples sent in by amateur and professional beekeepers from across the UK. It will also use advanced DNA barcoding techniques to identify long-term trends in which flowering plants bees are feeding on and will investigate whether it is possible to detect evidence of certain bee diseases.
This monitoring will provide early-warning of new environmental threats affecting honey bees between different regions. In the long-term, researchers at the centre will be able to assess how these threats change over time and vary in different regions.
For more information about the scheme and to register your interest, please visit the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology website.