P3.10 Proof-of-concept trial of the portable electronic nose PEN3 for detection of formic acid concentration in the beehive

C. Tiebe, M. Hofmann, A. Genath & R. Genath
Formic acid (FA) treatment as measure against the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which infests the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, is usually performed twice a year. Although the therapeutic index is very narrow and the success of FA-treatment is highly dependent on various external factors, little is known about the local FA concentrations occuring in the hive. In this study we examined whether a commercially available odour measuring device (“electronic nose”) is suitable for measurements...
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