A preliminary laboratory study on the longevity of A. m. carnica honey bees after feeding with candies containing HMF

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Journal of Apicultural Research
 
Vol. 53 (4) pp. 422-423
DOI
 
10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.07
Date
 
September 2014
Article Title
 
A preliminary laboratory study on the longevity of A. m. carnica honey bees after feeding with candies containing HMF
Author(s)
 
Maja Ivana Smodiš Škerl and Aleš Grgorc
Abstract
 
Brood rearing in a honey bee colony depends on the quantity of food sources and activity of the young nurse bees and the quality of the queen. To meet the needs of physiological functions in nurse bees, there must be sufficient nutrition available to a hive. The longevity of the nurse bees that intensively feed the larvae is reduced in the presence of a larger brood nest area (Maurizio, 1959). Early in the spring, the winter food supplies are rapidly consumed by the bees and thus it is very important to provide supplements, usually sugar additives, to the colony.
Keywords
 
Longevity, HMF, candy
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