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Individual study: Faster brood growth in traditional log hives than in modern box hives, in colonies of the stingless bee Melipona beecheii; experiments at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

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Quezada-Euan J.J.G. & González-Acereto J. (1994) A preliminary study on the development of colonies of Melipona beecheii in traditional and rational hives. Journal of Apicultural Research, 33, 167-170

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In a replicated trial, Quezada-Euan & González-Acereto (1994) found that brood growth was faster in colonies of Melipona beecheii housed in traditional log hives (internal volume 10 litres) than in those housed in more modern box hives (internal volumes 14.3 and 14.5 litres). The authors suggested this is due to difficulties with the bees' ability to regulate temperature. They recommended reducing the internal volume of box hives by about one third.