Bees: A Bio-indicator in Smart Cities
It is well known that bees (Apis mellifera L.) are important bio-indicators of the ecosystem health conditions. Perhaps less well known is the role of urban beekeeping in managing urban green inside big cities.
Trees are relevant factors in Smart Cities planning. This has to be focused on the application of digital solutions for the improvement of services such as mobility, lighting, waste management etc., but it also involves the improvement of the environmental quality of cities.
Effective management and design of urban green spaces in big cities rely on a precise census of the trees present which can be made easier by locating apiaries in specific places in the city and GIS geolocating them. Melissopalynological analyses of the honeys produced in these hives let us bio-monitoring the botanical species present in a specific urban territory. By recognising the pollens contained in the honey and calculating their percentages, it is possible to determine the species foraged by bees, thus the trees located in the surroundings with a high degree of precision.
Bees are a key factor at BioTecnologie BT. Our long recorded expertise in the application of specific analytical methods to products such as nectar, pollen and honey makes us an ideal partner in the implementation of projects aimed at assessing and improving urban smartness using bees as reference bio-indicator.