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Consumption of Three Dry Pollen Substitutes in Commercial Apiaries

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Title: Consumption of Three Dry Pollen Substitutes in Commercial Apiaries
Author: Saffari, Abdolrza; Kevan, Peter G.; Atkinson, James
Abstract: The palatability tests were done in commercial apiaries in early spring 2004. In this trial, three different feeds, Feedbee®, TLS Bee Feed and Bee-Pro® were fed to 153 colonies in 12 bee yards for 6 weeks (March 25th - May 6th) in southern Ontario. Two methods of feeding were used: 1) No-choice feeding, where each yard received only one of the three feeds, and 2) Choice feeding, where each yard received all three experimental feeds. The mean feed intake (g/colony/6 weeks) of Feedbee® was 960 g and 883 g for the first and second feeding methods respectively. These amounts were significantly greater (p>0.05) than for the other two feeds. The amount of Bee-Pro® consumed (g/colony/6 weeks) in the two feeding methods was 224 g and 106 g and for the TLS Bee Feed, 115 g and 52 g respectively. These results indicate that Feedbee® in powder/dry form is highly palatable to honey bees. The results show that it is well accepted by bees during the shortage or absence of natural pollen.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2481
Date: 2010
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Citation: Saffari, A., Kevan, P. G., and Atkinson, J. "Consumption of Three Dry Pollen Substitutes in Commercial Apiaries." Journal of Apicultural Science 54.1 (2010): 5-12


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