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Performance Evaluation of Herbaceous Bee Forages for Beekeeping Development

Availability of adequate perennial and annual sources of nectar and pollen is the most limiting factor in the survival, abundance and distribution of honey bees. The study was conducted to evaluate and characterize the best performing bee forages from ten plant species with a view to selecting for honey production for mid and lowland agro-ecologies. The planting materials were Nigella sativa, Coriander sativum, Dolchus lablab, Brassica carinata, Ocimum sanctum, lathyrus satives, phaseolus vulgaris, Glycinemax and Helianthus annus. The species were evaluated and characterized based on pollen yield, germination rate, number of flower heads perplant, time to set flower, foraging intensity of honey bees and flowering length. Accordingly, Helianthus annus, Brassica carinata, Ocimum sanctum, Coriander sativum and Glycine max were good at Adami Tulu and Nagele Arsi districts. Mean number of flower heads per1m2 for all studied plant species was different. Helianthus annus and Brassica carinata had higher pollen yield at each study site. Honey Bees foraging intensity was higher for Helianthus annus. From these studies, it is concluded that Helianthus annus, Coriander sativum, Brassica carinata, Ocimum sanctum, Nigella sativa, Glycine max, lathyrus satives and Dolchus lablab showed better performance at mid and lowland agro ecology, however, these species requires further evaluation particularly on Carrying capacity and honey production potential of the selected plant should be investigated in different agro ecology.

Bee Forage, Herbs, Flowering Period, Foraging Intensity

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Mekonnen Wolditsadik, Taye Beyene, Desta Abi. (2023). Performance Evaluation of Herbaceous Bee Forages for Beekeeping Development. American Journal of Entomology, 7(3), 89-93.

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Mekonnen Wolditsadik; Taye Beyene; Desta Abi. Performance Evaluation of Herbaceous Bee Forages for Beekeeping Development. Am. J. Entomol. 2023, 7(3), 89-93. doi: 10.11648/j.aje.20230703.11

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Mekonnen Wolditsadik, Taye Beyene, Desta Abi. Performance Evaluation of Herbaceous Bee Forages for Beekeeping Development. Am J Entomol. 2023;7(3):89-93. doi: 10.11648/j.aje.20230703.11

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