Response of Colony Strength to Honey Production: Regression and Correlation Analysis

Authors

  • SJ Bhusal Regional Agriculture Research Station, Tarahara, Sunsari, Nepal
  • RB Thapa Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jiaas.v27i0.706

Keywords:

Apis mellifera, honey bee population, colony attributes

Abstract

An experiment was conducted using Randomized Complete Block (RCB) design to find the effects of initial colony strength of Apis mellifera L. on honey production with four levels of initial populations: 4 frames (9,800), 6 frames (14,700), 8 frames (19,600) and 10 frames (24,500) of adult honeybees per colony replicating 5 times during litchi flowering season (February to April, 2003) in Chitwan. This study revealed the exponential increase in honey production {Y = 4.22 – 0.7325 X + 0.09625 X2 (4 ≤X ≤ 10 comb covered by bees per colony) and Y = 4.22 – 0.000299 X + 0.000000016 X2 (9,800 ≤ X ≤ 24,500 honeybees per colony), n = 4} producing 2.32, 1.59 and 1.18 times more honey from initially 10-, 8- and 6-frame colonies as compared to the honey production of 2.82 kg/colony from 4-frame colonies. There was significantly positive linear correlation among colony attributes like colony strength, brood rearing, comb building, foraging activity and honey production. Key words: Apis mellifera, honey bee population, colony attributes J. Inst. Agric. Anim. Sci. 27:133-137 (2006)

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Published

2006-05-01

How to Cite

Bhusal, S., & Thapa, R. (2006). Response of Colony Strength to Honey Production: Regression and Correlation Analysis. Journal of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, 27, 133–137. https://doi.org/10.3126/jiaas.v27i0.706

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