Improving Queen Bee Production

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This project addresses the use of dietary supplements in the production of queen and drone honey bees. Commercial queen producers are increasingly feeding dietary supplements to queen and drone nurse colonies when producing large numbers of queen bees in the belief that the supplements contribute to better quality queens. These supplements, which usually consist of a protein base with or without added sugar, vitamins and minerals, increase production costs. However, it has yet to be demonstrated that the use of dietary supplements during queen and drone production delivers tangible benefits. 2004, 23pgs, Pub No. 04/153;$16

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