Effects of feeding by pollen substitutes on Sudanese honeybee colonies activities
FAIZA HAMAD EL-NIL MUSA ALI AKASHA, University of Bahri, Sudan
Purpose: The research aimed to study some feeding ingredients to determine the economic value and when feeding is needed.
Design/Methodology/Approach: The 20 Sudanese honeybee colonies were divided into five groups using different types of pollen substitutes compared with control and prepared as follow: Diet (A) soya bean flour, brewers’ yeast and honey. Diet (B) dates palm, sugar and water. Diet (C) dates palm, brewer’s yeast, sugar and water. Diet (D) brewer’s yeast, sugar and water. Diet (E) without feeding.
Findings: The study showed that all honeybee colonies consumed the different diets in varying rates. Diet (A) super passed the other tested diets in all the colony activities due to high content of protein plus honey, the tested diets rated according to their value in promoting honeybee colony activities as diet (A), (C), (B), (D) and (E), respectively.
Originality/Value: Feeding with pollen substitute induction positive correlated with scarcity of natural food sources.
Keywords: honeybee; pollen substitute; pollen grains; dates palm; bee brood; Sudan.