Bees to monitor air quality at Berlin airport

25th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Berlin's Schoenefeld international airport, located in the capital's rural outskirts, Wednesday announced a long-term project to monitor air quality by studying local bees and their honey.

"The honey monitoring will supplement our air quality control system," Jochen Heimberg, responsible for the airport's environmental division, said in a statement.

"In addition to studying the honey, we'll also be looking at the bees and their honeycombs to get an overall picture of the pollution situation," he added.

Scientists will cooperate with local bee-keepers to study the way development of the Berlin-Brandenburg airport affects the environment.

Schoenefeld airport, originally set up in 1934 to the southeast of the capital, is currently undergoing major expansion and will eventually become the German capital's sole airport once Tegel closes.

© 2011 AFP

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