Methods in melissopalynology: colour determination of pollen pellets for colour vision deficient individuals

Hornby, Sarah, Benn, Jonty, Vinkenoog, Rinke, Goldberg, Shannon and Pound, Matthew (2022) Methods in melissopalynology: colour determination of pollen pellets for colour vision deficient individuals. Palynology. ISSN 0191-6122 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2022.2062476

Abstract

Colour is commonly used as an initial proxy for the determination of botanical origin for pollen pellets collected by honeybees. However, individuals with Colour Vision Deficiency (colour blindness) will struggle with this determination. Here we present a simple and reproducible technique to enable inclusive participation of all individuals in the determination of pollen pellet colour. The proposed method makes use of colour determination applications on smartphones and is therefore appropriate to use in large scale citizen science projects. We also highlight the need to think inclusively when reporting and presenting colour-based research findings in melissopalynology and honeybee research.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The British Beekeepers Association is gratefully thanked for funding towards the research projects that this method was developed during. S. Hornby is grateful to the Natural Environment Research Council ONEPlanet doctoral training programme for her research internship funding. J. Benn thanks Northumbria University for his NU:Opportunities placement funding. B. Keating of the Tyneside Beekeepers Association is thanked for providing access to beehives and for collecting samples from one of the hives. Cushman and Wakefield and all the staff at the Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre (The Gate) hotel are thanked for facilitating access to one of the beehives.
Uncontrolled Keywords: melissopalynology, colour blindness, smartphone, inclusivity, disability
Subjects: B500 Ophthalmics
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 12:08
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 13:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48970

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