Rearing honey bees, apis mellifera, in vitro 1: Effects of sugar concentrations on survival and development

Osman Kaftanoglu, Timothy A. Linksvayer, Robert Page

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Abstract

A new method for rearing honey bees, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae), in vitro was developed and the effects of sugar concentrations on survival and development were studied. Seven different glucose (G) and fructose (F) compositions (0%G+0%F, 3%G+3%F, 6%G+6%F, 12%G+12%F, 0%G+12%F, 12%G+0%F, and 4%G+8%F) were tested. Larvae were able to grow to the post defecation stage without addition of sugars (Diet 1), but they were not able to metamorphose and pupate. Adults were reared from diets 27. The average larval survival, prepupal larval weights, adult weights, and ovariole numbers were affected significantly due to the sugar compositions in the diets. High sugar concentrations (12%G+12%F) increased the number of queens and intercastes. © This is an open access paper. We use the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license that permits unrestricted use, provided that the paper is properly attributed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96
JournalJournal of Insect Science
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • carbohydrate
  • larval development
  • live weights
  • ovarioles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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