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Agrochemical Contamination of Honey and Bee Bread Collected in the Piedmont Region, Italy

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Associazione Produttori Miele Piemonte—ASPROMIELE, Via del Passatore 24C, 12100 Cuneo, Italy
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Unione Nazionale Associazioni Apicoltori Italiani—UNAAPI, Via Paolo Boselli 2, 50136 Firenze, Italy
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Faculty of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of Teramo, Via Balzarini 1, 64100 Teramo, Italy
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Academic Editors: Delia Evelina Bruno and Eloisa Di Sipio
Received: 22 May 2021 / Revised: 28 June 2021 / Accepted: 1 July 2021 / Published: 3 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Monitoring Networks)
This study shows the results of a local biomonitoring plan developed by a regional beekeeping association, Aspromiele, in several areas of Piedmont (Italy), in order to understand the status of contamination from pesticides present in the environment and eventually to evaluate their impact on apiculture. Glyphosate was the most abundant chemical found in the bee bread and honey samples. The other pesticides detected at lower concentrations and minor frequency were mandipropamid, tau-fluvalinate, metalaxil and spiroxamine. Even if in the present study the pesticides found in the bee bread and honey were limited to a few molecules, it is important to highlight that the presence of glyphosate could represent a hazard to bees. Honeybees are the main pollinators in agricultural ecosystems, and thus appropriate environmental management could lead to a reduction in the impact of these chemicals on bees and other beneficial insects. View Full-Text
Keywords: honey; pollen; pesticides; Italy honey; pollen; pesticides; Italy
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Bergero, M.; Bosco, L.; Giacomelli, A.; Angelozzi, G.; Perugini, M.; Merola, C. Agrochemical Contamination of Honey and Bee Bread Collected in the Piedmont Region, Italy. Environments 2021, 8, 62. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8070062

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Bergero M, Bosco L, Giacomelli A, Angelozzi G, Perugini M, Merola C. Agrochemical Contamination of Honey and Bee Bread Collected in the Piedmont Region, Italy. Environments. 2021; 8(7):62. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8070062

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Bergero, Marco, Luca Bosco, Alessandra Giacomelli, Giovanni Angelozzi, Monia Perugini, and Carmine Merola. 2021. "Agrochemical Contamination of Honey and Bee Bread Collected in the Piedmont Region, Italy" Environments 8, no. 7: 62. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/environments8070062

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