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Biomonitoring: bees as bio-indicators

Bees collect food within a distance of about 3 kilometres from the colony. But at the same time, they also bring back contaminants and other things. Bijen@wur research has shown that honeybees carry airborne contaminants such as heavy metals. Consequently, honeybees can also be used as bio-indicators for environmental quality.