Studies on charesteristics of Anatolian honey bee ecotypes (A. m. anatoliaca) and their crosses: II. Colony Development and Production


Abstract: The physiological and behavioural traits of Beypazarı (Central Anatolia) and Tokat (Black Sea) ecotypes and their crosses were studied in private and university apiaries in Tokat. The results showed that the reproductive performance of Beypazarı ecotype was a little slower compared to Tokat both of which were significantly retarded than the BxT crosses (P<0.01) The crosses also yielded more honey than both ecotypes of which Tokat scored the lowest. It was also observed that the colony aggressiveness did not increase in the crosses.

Keywords: Anatolian honeybee ecotypes, colony development, production, aggressive behaviour

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