Acceptability of Plastic Comb Foundation by Apis mellifera L.

ABSTRACT

          Laquidan, Reynaldo C. et al. 2009. The study was conducted at the Cordillera Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CIARC), Baguio City from November 12 to December 02, 2009. A total of nine (9) double-chamber standard colonies with three (3) replications arranged in random were used in this experiment. Result of the experiment showed that wax (T0) and plastic (T1) comb foundations were readily accepted in 72 hours (3 days after the introduction). Where, wax comb foundation had the widest and heaviest wax build-up recorded and plastic comb foundation had the least area and weight obtained. Likewise, wax building activity of the honeybee begun to decline in 288 hours (12 days after the introduction) on both treatments. Cost and return analysis suggest that wax comb foundation is most profitable during its first year than plastic comb foundation. However, plastic comb foundation could be more profitable in 5 years which is comparable with wax comb foundations.

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Date blog: December 2009.  5:16 pm
 
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RAY, James.  May in the South.  American Bee Journal.  May 2003 issue. P. 375.