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Volume 30, Number 6, 1999
Page(s) 521 - 532
Apidologie 30 (1999) 521-532
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19990607

Pesticide residues in bee products collected from cherry trees protected during blooming period with contact and systemic fungicides

Marek Kubika, Janusz Nowackia, Andrzej Pideka, Zofia Warakomskab, Lech Michalczuka and Wlodzimierz Goszczyñskia

a  Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, 96-100 Skierniewice, Pomologiczna 18, Poland
b  University of Agriculture, Department of Botany, 20-950 Lublin, Poland

Abstract - Pesticide (vinclozolin, iprodione and methyl tiophanate) residues were determined in honey, pollen and bee bread from a plantation of cherry (Prunus cerasus) cv. English morello. The least contaminated were honey samples, which contained up to 0.1 mg·kg-1 and pollen with up to 0.25 mg·kg-1, and the most contaminated was bee bread with up to 23.6 mg·kg-1 of the used fungicides. Obtained results suggest that residues of vinclozolin and iprodione present in pollen grains are chemically modified (possibly conjugated) and thus undetected by the method used. During fermentation of bee bread the conjugates are hydrolysed and free pesticides released. Experiments showed that both vinclozolin and iprodione applied to old leaves were transported to young leaves and flowers. Thus, despite contact mode of action declared by producers, they also show systemic properties. This assumption may be corroborated by the dynamics of pollen contamination (4-5 days of lag period between the spray time and time of incidence of maximum contamination). © Inra/DIB/ AGIB/Elsevier, Paris

Key words: honey / pollen / contamination / residues / fungicides