Beekeeping and bee products. Assessment of viability and productivity of bee colonies in different ecological environments.
Annotation of the dissertation
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are a vital part of many ecosystems, and urban beekeeping is a growing initiative with significant impacts on both ecological and social environments. In addition to bee products, bees provide an indisputable benefit in pollinating plants, so there is no doubt that these insects are also useful in urbanized areas. The increasingly popular beekeeping in urbanized areas does not yet have deep traditions, so there are challenges that require scientific reasoning on how to do it sustainably. In agricultural production, beekeeping without honey also brings indisputable benefits in pollination of plants, so it can be stated that these insects are also useful in urbanized areas.
The aim of the dissertation research is to determine the peculiarities of beekeeping in urbanized areas, distinguishing positive and negative factors of the urbanized environment that affect the bee family and allow successful beekeeping in urbanized areas.
The following research tasks are planned:
1. To perform the analysis of scientific literature and determine the advantages and disadvantages of beekeeping in urbanized areas.
2. To develop a methodology for assessing the viability of bee colonies, which includes assessment of the condition of bee colonies, examination of ecto- and/or endoparasites in bee colonies, and research of bee products.
3. To carry out an environmental assessment of the areas chosen for keeping bee families, choosing specific places in urbanized, natural and agro areas to form apiaries.
4. To form groups of equally strong bee families of two subspecies of Apis mellifera, place these families in selected research areas and monitor them.
5. To analyse the received data, to determine the peculiarities of beekeeping in urbanized areas, to prepare research conclusions.
The planned results: the advantages and disadvantages of beekeeping in urbanized areas will be identified, a methodology for assessing the viability of bee colonies will be developed, subspecies of bees for specific research will be selected, research facilities will be developed and equipped, data analysis will be performed and the peculiarities of beekeeping will be assessed.
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