Regulatory News

Ancestral knowledge of traditional groups of people in the Amazon rainforest is joining science to increase honey production of native stingless bees. Researchers at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) help residents by introducing husbandry concepts of management and domestication of insects. This has led to an increase in income generation of these small producers.

"This is a long complex process, which goes from species selection, improved boxes, artificial food and management, to more recent techniques such as monitoring the activity of these animals by microchip," explains Giorgio Venturieri, who has studied the biology and behavior of Amazonian bees for 15 years. More than 100 species, most of which have a great ability to produce honey, have been identified in the region.

Together with the locals, scientists chose locations to install beehives, thus integrating food crops such as cashew nuts, cocoa, passion fruit, cashew, acai and acerola. With the increase in bee pollination has also come an improvement in agricultural production.

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