Environmental impact assessment of the new Salov plant, performed by monitoring the surrounding air quality using bees.
How it started
In 2006, following an environmental impact assessment, a joint project in collaboration with Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park Authority was launched to monitor and preserve the area around Salov’s industrial site
This was done by monitoring the surrounding air quality using bees. These insects are excellent biological indicators, as they provide information on the level of pollution.
How it developed
Bio-monitoring is performed using two methodologies: one instrumental, the other biological.
The first directly measures substances considered harmful, using specific equipment.
The second monitors any changes caused by pollutants on certain living organisms, such as:
- Bioindicators. Sensitive organisms: the greater the pollution, the greater the damage suffered;
- Bioaccumulators. Resistant organisms: the greater the pollution, the greater the amount of pollutant assimilated and retained.
How it works
Bio-monitoring is carried out using honeybees.
The bio-monitoring station consists of two beehives: the first is located at the Salov plant, the other, which functions as a control station, is located at Rigoli in the province of Pisa.
Monitoring is currently ongoing.