Preliminary Study on Three Honey Plant Species of Fagaceae in Ailaoshan
ZHANG Xue-Wen1, LI Jian-Jun2 1.Institute of Sericulture and Apiculture, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Mengzi 661101, China2.Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Xuefu Rd. 88, Kunming 650223, China
Some plants of Fagaceae provide lots of honey and pollen for honey bees. In the study, we conducted a priminary study on the potential of these plants for Chinese honeybees (Apis cerana) in the midland of Ailaoshan evergreen broad-leave forest from April through July 2007. During the period, three plant species of Fagaceae, including Lithocarpus xylocaspus, Lithocarpus chintungenfis and Castanopsis wattii, are exploited by the bees. These species flower synchronically and last about 50 days. The honey harvest is significantly higher from the colonies at the forest edge than from the colonies within the forest and in neighboring secondary forest. A 5-frame colony at the forest edge can product about 5 kg honey during the flowering period.
【CateGory Index】： S897.1