Bees disappear Will new research solve the problem?
Success for a new study at the Volcanic Institute in collaboration with the Jewish National Fund and the Honey Council in Israel. Bees disappear Will new research solve the problem? Production of genetic copies of eucalyptus seedlings rich in autumn and summer flowering. To supplement the supply of nectar – the main food of the honey bee in poor seasons in bloom.
The eucalyptus trees from Australia will provide food for bees in winter
A new joint study by the volcani institute israel , the Jewish National Fund in collaboration with the Honey Council and the Organization of Beekeepers in Israel.
was able to locate and multiply eucalyptus trees rich in summer and autumn flowering. in favor of honey bee grazing. The eucalyptus is the main nectar (food) source of the honey bee that is in danger of extinction and flowering from one large tree is food for an entire hiv
this output reaches a quantity of honey ranging from 50-30 kilograms.
Beyond the direct benefit of natural honey production, the main importance of the honey bee is expressed in the pollination of agricultural crops and wild plants.
The pollination services provided by beekeepers – beekeepers – to the farmer.
through the honey bee, are an essential and necessary product for the existence of plant agriculture in Israel, the need for which is undisputed and designed to ensure food supply.
A new study in Israel was able to provide bees with food in the winter using eucalyptus
In Israel, there has been a decline in bee food sources in recent years. especially in the summer and autumn due to a lack of sufficient flowering vegetation. following a general trend of declining bee food, ie nectar as a result of urban. concrete and real estate expansion and declining agricultural areas.
The shortage of nectar flowers causes a decrease in the production of the offspring, and the collapse of the bee colonies.
The affair between the disappearing bees and the eucalyptus
Eucalyptus trees are a significant solution to the problem, since some of them bloom profusely in the autumn season and produce nectar and pollen in large quantities. However, most of the eucalyptus trees in the country originate in seeds and not in seedlings and there is a great difference in the intensity and dates of flowering, between the various individuals, probably on the basis of genetic variation.
The researchers focused on three outstanding species: the original eucalyptus, the eucalyptus in the archipelago, and the eucalyptus trabuti, from which they formed many seedlings, which were planted in the experimental research plot at the Volcanic Institute. Most of the trees bloomed after a year.
In the second part of the study, the researchers transferred about a hundred new eucalyptus seedlings from the outstanding individuals, to beekeepers around the country, for planting on Tu B’Shvat, near the beehive placement points, in order to monitor and examine the trees and their flowering uniformly under different environmental conditions.