Royal jelly production in East Africa: Performance potential of the honey bees, Apis mellifera scutellata and Apis mellifera monticola in Kenya
Journal of Apicultural Research
International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), 30772, Nairobi, Kenya; Department of Zoology, Kenyatta University, 438844 Nairobi, Kenya
This is the first study to evaluate the royal jelly production potential of two honey bee races in Kenya, Apis mellifera monticola and Apis mellifera scutellata. No significant differences were observed in cell acceptance rates and royal jelly yields between the two races. However, the age of larvae at grafting, supplementary feeding and time between grafting and harvest had significant effects on cell acceptance rates and royal jelly yields. © IBRA 2005.
Apinae; Apis mellifera; Apis mellifera scutellata; Monticola