Assessment of Naturally Mated Queen Honeybees Produced by NARTDI Dispersed to Beekeepers in Region I

ABSTRACT

          Dulay, Lolita S. et.al. June 2010. Assessment of Naturally Mated Queen Honeybees Produced by NARTDI Dispersed to Beekeepers in Region I. The study conducted in the four provinces of Region I: Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte from September 2008 to December 2009, to assess the performance of the queen honeybees produced by NARTDI in terms of rate of laying, laying pattern, temperament and honey stores. A total of sixteen (16) beekeepers served as respondents with eighteen (18) queen honeybees subjected in the study. Based from the result of the study, queen honeybee produced by NARTDI posed excellent egg layer, with solid brood pattern, gentle in temperament and good honey producers. Birds are the most destructive predators of the honeybees.

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