Beekeeping with stingless bees: a new type of hive


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Replace honey-hunting with apiculture

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Bee Conservation
  1. Replace honey-hunting with apiculture

    Sommeijer (1999) described a hive design, the 'Utrecht University-Tobago Hive' (UTOB hive), with separate and different-shaped honey and brood chambers. Three years of testing on the island of Tobago found that the stingless bee species Melipona favosa formed colonies in this type of hive with brood confined to the brood chamber and a single layer of honey and pollen pots in the honey chamber. Honey could then be extracted with little disturbance to the brood or pollen stores.

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