Biome and Pollen Analysis

What tests do Bee Conservation offer? At Bee Conservation, we offer two types of tests on our hives for environmental monitoring: 

Biome Analysis Tests- tests at DNA level for living organisms such as fungi, yeasts, bacteria, and viruses. We can use these tests to identify why a hive thrives or collapses and can detect airborne diseases and antibiotic resistant strains. 

Pollen Analysis Tests- tests for pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, and fertilisers. These tests can help us identify the presence of potentially harmful sources of pollution that may impact both biodiversity and human health. 

What do these tests show? The tests evaluate the bee pollen as a bioindicator of environmental contamination. We test the pollen for fauna and flora as well as pollutants including pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, and fertilisers. 

Why use bees? Honeybees and bee products are great bioindicators of the presence of contaminants in the environment, particularly in large areas, due to the long distances they travel. Bees are increasingly being used in science to inform international policy and have even been shown to contribute to 15 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To read more about this, click here. 

How does the testing process work? Our partners, Safe Air Quality, collaborate with the Core Genetics department at the Natural History Museum and University of East London School of Biosciences. Safe Air Quality conduct the most advanced environmental testing, conducting state of the art meta-genomic analysis of the entire air biome in our samples. 

What size area can we test? Our area measures a three mile radius of the bee hive as this is the distance bees travel.

How can my company guarantee high quality testing? We are so certain that this provision cannot be matched by any other testing company in the UK that we will provide a full free survey and a thousand pound prize for sight of any report or investigation that can demonstrate environmental health analysis to this degree. 

How can these services benefit my business? These services can take your business a step closer to achieving ISO 1400 and BS 8683 certification. 

To contact us about using our services for your business, click here