Collection, Maintenance and Evaluation of Apis mellifera (F1) Queens from the Selected Beekeepers in the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao)

ABSTRACT

          Dulay, Lolita S. et. al. June 2010. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of Apis mellifera (F1) queen bees from selected beekeepers in the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao). The experimental treatments were situated at the Baroro and Narra, Bacnotan, La Union. All the treatments were subjected environmental conditions and colony standardizations from July 01, 2008 to June 30, 2010, to evaluate the performance of the different queens from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in terms of rate of laying, laying pattern, temperament, hygienic characteristics, pollen and honey stores. Based from the result of the study, queens produced by beekeepers form the different Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao posted good layers except queens from Mindanao; queen from Luzon and Mindanao posted a gentle temperament while Visayas queens were slightly aggressive; on the hygienic traits Luzon queen posted 86.38% hygienic, Visayas queens posted 75% hygienic while Mindanao queens posted 52.33% hygienic.

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