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A study by a group of Brazilian researchers promises to give new impetus to the multiplication of colonies of stingless bees which are large producers of honey with high commercial value. Worker bee larvae are removed from the hive and are given extra food in laboratories in order to develop them into queen bees which are much more productive. An article about this work is featured in Apidologie magazine, an industry benchmark.

The overfeeding technique of worker bee larvae to create queen bees has been known for at least 40 years, but the results were very low. With the advances made by scientists, the survival rate of laboratory-fed larvae reached 98%. The survey was conducted with the Scaptotrigona depilis bee species, known as Mandi, which produce large amounts of honey and are important pollinators of crops like strawberries and coffee.

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