Rearing honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in vitro: Effects of feeding intervals on survival and development

Osman Kaftanoglu, Timothy A. Linksvayer, Robert Page

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Abstract

A new and simple technique was developed to rear honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in vitro. One day old larvae were grafted into Petri dishes and fed a basic diet at six different time intervals. There were no differences in the larval weights, survival rates or ovariole numbers of the bees among the groups that were fed at different intervals, but they were heavier and had larger ovaries than hive reared bees. It was shown that honey bees can be reared in vitro without replenishing their food daily. This simple mass provisioning technique reduces the labour involved, and enables the researcher to raise large number of bees in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Apis meliffera
  • Feeding interval
  • In vitro rearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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