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Use of Social Bees and Solitary Bees as Bioindicators of Environmental Contamination

Author(s) Karan K. Deokar, Saurabh S. Joshi
Country India
Abstract With an emphasis on the biology of bee nesting, their ecological functions, and their efficacy in determining heavy metal pollution, this review paper summarises current research on bees as bioindicators of environmental contamination. Review brought attention to the solitary nesting behaviours of species such as Epanthidium tigrinum and Megachile cephalotes, highlighting their preference for particular materials for their nests as well as their function as pollinators. It was investigated how resin serves many purposes in defense, disease resistance, and nest building, highlighting its ecological value. One paper talked about the abilities of wasps and bees, demonstrating how they interact with one another inside the nests and how sensitive they are to changes in their surroundings. Honeybees have been found to be useful bioindicators for pesticides and heavy metals because they incorporate toxins from the air, soil, and water into their products. Additionally, bee pollen has shown to be a trustworthy marker of pesticide residues, indicating the degree of local pollution. Furthermore, research examining the levels of heavy metals in bee products across different areas highlighted the potential of honey to serve as a biomonitor for pollution in the environment. One of the reviewed studies specifically measured heavy metal concentrations in pollen and Osmia bicornis L. bees across different habitats, demonstrating how variations in habitat proximity to pollution sources affect contamination levels, thereby underscoring the utility of solitary bees as effective bioindicators. The precise methods for assembling trap nests and gathering samples offered useful information for researching community dynamics and trophic relationships. Overall, this review summarises research showing that social bees and solitary bees are important for assessing the health of ecosystems and provide useful tools for environmental monitoring.
Keywords Bee Bioindicators, Heavy metal contamination, Environmental Monitoring
Field Engineering
Published In Volume 6, Issue 4, July-August 2024
Published On 2024-07-08
Cite This Use of Social Bees and Solitary Bees as Bioindicators of Environmental Contamination - Karan K. Deokar, Saurabh S. Joshi - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 4, July-August 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i04.24248
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