Beekeeping in Rural Development

Unexploited Beekeeping Potential in the Tropics: With Particular Reference to the Commonwealth

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Beekeeping in the Guianas

Since the introduction of the African bee (Apis mellifera adansonii) in South America, there have been many conflicting reports concerning the effects on beekeeping of the rapid spread of European-African (Africanized) hybrid bees. This article attempts to document the number of beekeepers in the Guianas, their beekeeping practices, and honey and wax produc tion, before the arrival of the Africanized bees. Using this information as a base, it should be possible in the future to assess the effects of Africanized bees as they become abundant in this region, and the time span over which these effects operate.


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