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Pollen sources for honey bee colonies at land with desert nature during dearth period

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dc.identifier.citation Abou-Shaara, H.F. 2015. ”Pollen sources for honey bee colonies at land with desert nature during dearth period”. Cercetări Agronomice în Moldova 48 (3): 73-80. en_US
dc.description.abstract Autumn is a critical period for honey bee colonies and the weak colonies during autumn are likely to be lost during winter. The colonies need good pollen sources during this period to be able to foster enough brood, to boost colonies survival ability during winter. The situation is worse in desert areas where few pollen sources are expected to be existed. Identifying the availability of pollen sources for honey bees at desert areas is very essential to present appropriate recommendations regarding colonies feeding and suitable plants to be cultivated in such areas. Thus, the study objective is to identify pollen sources for honey bee colonies during the autumn at El-Bostan region (a region with desert nature). Samples of bee bread were collected at different times during autumn. The samples were microscopically analyzed and pollen sources were then identified. Nine plants belong to six plant families (Pedaliaceae, Malvaceae, Poaceae, Asteraceae, Myrtaceae, Resedaceae, and Casuarinaceae) were classified as major pollen sources. The most abundant plants were casuarina and eucalyptus during autumn. Beekeepers are advised to supply their colonies regularly (each two weeks) with pollen substitutes or supplements during autumn at El-Bostan region. Honey bee workers tend to mix different pollen types together in bee bread when different pollen sources are available. The number of pollen sources in the bee bread can be used to assess the richness degree of any region with suitable pollen sources to honey bees. The identified pollen sources in this study are recommended to be cultivated in lands with similar desert nature, to provide honey bee colonies with protein feeding during this critical period of the year. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher "Ion Ionescu de la Brad" University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Iași en_US
dc.subject Apis mellifera en_US
dc.subject Feeding en_US
dc.subject Honey bees en_US
dc.subject Pollen en_US
dc.subject vegetation en_US
dc.title Pollen sources for honey bee colonies at land with desert nature during dearth period en_US
dc.type Article en_US H.F. Abou-Shaara, Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Damanhour University, Damanhour, Egypt
dc.publicationName Cercetări Agronomice în Moldova
dc.volume 48
dc.issue 3
dc.publicationDate 2015
dc.startingPage 73
dc.endingPage 80
dc.identifier.eissn 2067-1865

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