The influence of collection methods and pluviometry on bee pollen productivity in the Caatinga

Authors

  • Marcela Sheila Araújo Xavier Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • José Elton de Melo Nascimento Universidade Estadual de Maringá
  • Jânio Angelo Felix Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Vitória Inna Mary de Sousa Muniz Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Júlio Otávio Portela Pereira Instituto Federal do Ceará
  • José Everton Alves Universidade Estadual Vale do Acaraú

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5965/223811711942020440

Keywords:

apiculture, bee products, semi-arid region

Abstract

In order to maximize bee pollen collection in the hives, management of colonies of Africanized bees (Apis mellifera L.) must respect harvest intensity and the species’ biological aspects and implement innovations that optimize production. Accordingly, this study set out to compare the bee pollen productivity between two different pollen trap models and the productivity in the use of one or two pollen traps in the hive. The following treatments were applied: a front-mounted trap fitted at the hive entrance, a top-mounted pollen trap above the hive, and two – one front-mounted and one top-mounted – pollen traps on the same hive. All of the colonies were subjected to all of the treatments to circumvent the colony’s effect on productivity results. The front-mounted pollen trap indicated the highest bee pollen productivity, and the colonies only needed one pollen trap to demonstrate productive potential in the Caatinga.

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Published

2020-12-14

Issue

Section

Research Article - Science of Animals and Derived Products