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A method for harvesting unfermented pollen from stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini)

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Autor(es):
Menezes, Cristiano [1, 2] ; Vollet Neto, Ayrton [1] ; Imperatriz Fonseca, Vera Lucia [1, 3]
Número total de Autores: 3
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, BR-14049 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[2] Embrapa Amazonia Oriental, Belem, Para - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Rural Semi Arido, Mossoro, RN - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 3
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: JOURNAL OF APICULTURAL RESEARCH; v. 51, n. 3, p. 240-244, 2012.
Citações Web of Science: 4
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Pollen traps used for harvesting pollen from Apis mellifera do not work for stingless bees, as most species have small entrances and rapidly deposit large quantities of propolis at any barrier in front of the nest. Some stingless beekeepers harvest pollen by removing it directly from pollen pots, but this pollen is normally fermented and unpalatable. The aim of this study was to test a new method for harvesting pollen from stingless bee colonies before it begins to ferment. Colonies of Scaptotrigona depilis were removed and replaced by empty hives, which were occupied by the returning foragers and used for storing pollen and nectar. After one week, the pollen and honey were harvested directly from the storing pots and weighed. On average, the colonies produced 8.7 g of honey and 54.2 g of unfermented pollen (n = 10). This method is a viable option for harvesting unfermented pollen from stingless bees, especially with species that harvest large amounts of pollen. The unfermented pollen of S. depilis was well received in taste tests, receiving higher scores than fermented pollen, and similar scores to A. mellifera pollen, so could have great commercial possibilities. It is also a good method for studying the foraging of stingless bees because the amount of harvested food can be easily and precisely quantified. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 07/50218-1 - A produção de rainha e a multiplicação de colônias de abelhas sem ferrão
Beneficiário:Cristiano Menezes
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado Direto
Processo FAPESP: 04/15801-0 - Biodiversidade e uso sustentável de polinizadores, com ênfase em abelhas Meliponini
Beneficiário:Vera Lucia Imperatriz-Fonseca
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Programa BIOTA - Temático