Traditional methods for processing pollen are based on destroying all inorganic and most organic matter by using concentrated acids. These methods are typically used for extracting of organic walled microfossils from geological rock samples. However, these methods are unnecessary when extracting pollen from living plants and Honeybee related products.
New methods for processing pollen from plants, pollen loads, pollen stores and honey can be achieved outside of a laboratory. Hazardous chemicals are not used and high quality slides of pollen can be made in minutes rather than hours.
Pollen and bees workshops are to be held throughout the remainder of 2017.
Objectives of pollen and bees workshops are;
To demonstrate the new methods to enable all workshop participants to produce high quality slides of pollen from flowers, pollen loads, pollen stores, and honey.
To make digital micrographs of pollen and to keep records of slides and micrographs that can be used for data.
To introduce a new citizens science project "Pollen in Time and Space" which is to associate honeybee foraging with plants/plant diversity to the health of honeybee colonies.
To discover other sources of nutrition, namely, fungal spores, algae and bisaccate pollen which honeybees may rely on.
To introduce the classification and authentication of honey by pollen, yeast and fungal spores.