Pollen nutrition and colony development in honey bees - Part 2

publication date: Jun 1, 2005
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Bee World Vol.86 (2) 2005 pp. 27 - 34
DOI10.3896/IBRA.2.86.2.02
Article TitlePollen nutrition and colony development in honey bees - Part 2
Author(s)Irene Keller, Peter Fluri and Anton Imdorf
Published Date6/1/2005
AbstractThe consumption of high-quality pollen induces the development of the hypopharyngeal glands in young honey bee workers. As protein-rich secretions from these glands are an important component of larval food, a direct relationship between pollen supply and brood rearing can be expected. Consequently, the availability of pollen is likely to be a central parameter influencing the development of honey bee colonies.
Keywordshoney bees, Apis mellifera, nutrition, pollen, quality, supply, supplements  
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