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CSI Pollen

“CSI pollen” is a Europe wide study of the diversity of pollen sources collected by honey bees, organised by the COLOSS honey bee research association ( http://coloss.org/). It is known that the pollen of certain plant species may be deficient in certain essential nutrients and lead to stress. In order to investigate regional patterns of pollen diversity, the project will seek the help of “Citizen Scientists”, in this case volunteer beekeepers, who will collect the information. The participating beekeepers will use pollen traps fitted to their honey bee colonies to regularly collect pollen loads, and count the number of different colours present.

The aims of the study are:-

To identify regions with high or low pollen diversity

To identify seasonal changes in pollen diversity available to honey bees

To compare habitats (e.g. city vs. agricultural)

To enable beekeepers to simply compare and judge pollen diversity of different apiaries.

What does the “Citizen Scientist” need?

 3 honey bee colonies (preferably static)

 3 pollen traps

3 honey jars with lids


 An email address and internet access

 Willingness to collect and analyse pollen approximately every three weeks

 Colour vision

What does the “Citizen Scientist” need to do?



1. Set up three hives with pollen traps.
 




2. Every three weeks collect a pollen sample from each.
 




3. Take a sub-sample sufficient to fill a honey jar lid.
 





4. Separate the loads by colour and count the number of colours present.
 




5. Submit the data.
 

If you are interested in joining the project, please send an email to your local coordinator (see below) who will send you full instructions. 

CSI Pollen international:

International coordinators:-

Sjef van der Steen

Robert Brodschneider

National coodinators:-

Argentina: Marina Basualdo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Austria: Robert Brodschneider: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Austrian webpage
Belgium: Dirk de Graaf: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Croatia: Janja Filipi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Denmark: Asger Søgaard Jørgensen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Danish homepage
England & Wales: Norman Carreck: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
France: Jean-Francois Odoux: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Georgia: Irakli Janashia: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Germany:
 Annette Schroeder: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Greece: Fani Hatjina: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Latvia: Andrejs Briedis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ireland: Mary Frances Coffey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Italy: Simone Tosi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Montenegro: Sladjan Rasic: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Morocco: El Hassania Mohssine: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Netherlands: Sjef van der Steen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dutch Homepage with article (in Dutch)
Norway: Bjørn Dahle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Romania: Nicoleta Ion: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Serbia: Sladjan Rasic: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scotland: Magnus Peterson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scottish Homepage
Slovakia: Robert Chlebo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Slovenia: Blaž Podrižnik & Janko Božič: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Spain: Amelia Virginia Gonzalez Porto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sweden: Preben Kristiansen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Switzerland: Geoffrey Williams, Gina Retschnig & Vincent Dietemann: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Swiss Homepage
Tenerife: Dolores González: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Turkey: Asli Özkirim: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wales: Norman Carreck: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



International and national coordinators in Copenhagen, Denmark, January 2015.

 

Useful resources from IBRA Bookshop:-

A colour guide to the pollen loads of the honey beecolor guide

Forage for pollinators in an agricultural landscape

Plants for bees

Pollen identification cards

The pollen grain drawings of Dorothy Hodges