Bee Health Unit

Tunnels 2SynTech’s Bee Heath Unit team provides complete pollinator study programs, from protocol design through implementation including sample analysis, QA and submission of final reports.

Programs are delivered by 30 Bee Health Unit staff throughout Europe, the USA and Latin America. These include 10 Study Directors and 20 Principal Investigators, and we have research agreements with internationally-recognized bee health experts and beekeepers.

Our main pollinator laboratories are located in Nimes, France and Stilwell, Kansas, USA and we offer higher tier semi-field and field studies from our field stations and satellite sites in the USA, Europe and Latin America.

Our full pollinator testing package includes acute and chronic laboratory tests, semi-field and field studies on adult and larvae of honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees:

Test species

  • Honey bees (Apis mellifera mellifera, A.m. ligustica, A.m. carnica)
  • Bumble bees (Bombus terrestris, B. impatiens)
  • Mason bees (Osmia bicornis, O. cornuta, O. lignaria)
  • Leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata)

Laboratory tests


Acute effects

  • Honey bee adult oral and contact acute tests (OECD 213, 214 and OCSPP 850.3020)
  • Honey bee 7-day larval acute test (OECD 237)
  • Honey bee acute toxicity of residues on foliage (OCSPP 850.3030)
  • Bumble bee oral and contact acute tests (OECD 213, 214 and EFSA, 2014)
  • Solitary bee oral and contact acute tests (OECD 213, 214 and EFSA, 2014

 

Chronic effects

  • Honey bee 10-day adult chronic test (Decourtye, 2005 and EFSA, 2014)
  • Honey bee 8-day larval chronic test (draft OECD, 2014 modified)
  • Honey bee 22-day larval chronic test (draft OECD, 2014 and Univ. Florida method)

Higher tier studies

Residue (bee matrix) studies

  • Tunnel (bee collection) or open field conditions hand collection
  • Pollen and nectar hand collection experience with more than 30 crops
  • Sampling from the hive and from the foragers (pollen load, stomach preparation and nectar extraction)

 

Side effect studies

  • Semi-field and field studies on arable crops and orchards
  • Brood studies (OECD 75) in tunnel or open field conditions
  • Feeding studies
  • Guttation studies
  • Effects of seed treatment dust

For Global requests, please contact: Eric Ythier, Manager of Business Development, EMEA and APAC
Email: eythier@syntechresearch.com
or Tel: +33 385 368 230

For Americas requests, please contact: Scott Ward, Director of Laboratory Services,
Email: sward@syntechresearch.com
or Tel: +1 913 378 0998 ext 101