Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 116, Issue 1–3, pp 233–243 | Cite as

A Prospective Biomonitoring Campaign with Honey Bees in a District of Upper-Bavaria (Germany)

  • Bert Raeymaekers


In order to establish a monitoring method to track long term changes of the amount of anthropogenic contamination in a district of Bavaria (Germany), a biomonitoring campaign with honey bees was performed in spring 2002. Expected anomalies from the industry or from residential areas in the sampled district could not be detected. An anomaly over a considerable part of the sampling area correlating with other phenomena lead to the hypothesis of a prehistoric cosmic impact. Moreover a principal component analysis of the data showed evidence for a biogenic, an anthropogenic and an unknown component hypothetically related to a possible cosmic impact.


bees biomonitoring cosmic impact honey multivariate statistics trace elements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.InfraServ GendorfBurgkirchenGermany

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