Efficient use of pollen traps to determine the pollen flora used by honey bees

publication date: Mar 31, 2006
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 45 (1) pp. 42 - 46
DOI10.3896/IBRA.1.45.1.10
DateMarch 2006

 

Article TitleEfficient use of pollen traps to determine the pollen flora used by honey bees
Author(s)M. Dimou, A. Thrasyvoulou and V. Tsirakoglou
AbstractWe investigated the trade-off between accuracy of results and practical applicability of using pollen trap samples to record the pollen flora of an area.We calculated the minimum representative amount of trapped pollen that needs to be measured.We systematically examined the bee flora of an area for a 2-year period to determine the necessary frequency of sampling.We concluded that even 5 to 10% of the total trapped pollen can give sufficient information about the pollen sources of an area. Moreover, samples of 3-day trapping duration collected at 6- to 9-day intervals through one year were sufficient to catalog the pollen flora of the area.
Keywordspollen trap, pollen foraging, pollen load, Apis mellifera, bee flora
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