Today, bumblebees are recognized as one of the most effective pollinators for agriculture.
Compared with common pollinators –
bees – they win with a score of 5-0:
5,000 BEES MAKE LESS
THAN 200 BUMBLEBEE
The need in bumblebees is growing faster than their natural populations, which gradually decrease due to the development of agricultural production. The more land involved in agriculture – the less natural variety of flowers is. The more intense use of chemical pesticides – the more insects die …
Commercial breeding of bumblebees began since the 80s of the 20th century and it acquires scientific and economic grounding every year.
Using bumblebees during flowering increases the harvesting capacity in 3 dimensions:
of the fruits
Certainly, it depends on the efficiency of the agro-biocenosis, the current weather conditions and so on. But the progressive number of farms in the world, which attract bumblebees for the pollinating, give evidence of economic feasibility.
Approximate marks for some crops:
use of bumblebees is capable to double the weight and the number of berries
a quarter more crops compared with honey bees pollination
Bumblebees collect only pollen, while 9 out of 10 bees searching for nectar and do not perform as an active pollinators.
The number of grains in the basket is doubled when bumblebees work instead honeybees, and the oil content is increased by 3%
Analysis of the available results of the use of bumblebees was conducted by ARF “Dziva Krayina” analysts. It is possible to see the data sources (on request) or to conduct your own experiments under the supervision of our specialists.
The first Ukrainian bumblebee farm was founded in the Muzychi village (Kiev region) in May 2015.
Observation of bumblebees were made in our nature and their behaviour was compared with various representatives of commercial pollinators in other regions and their unique pairs. Our biologists conducted balanced selection of material, the quality of bumblebee queens, their fertility and characteristics of offspring. We got the first generation of our own bumblebees as a result of laboratory selection.
Conditions of insect habitats on the farm are as close to their familiar environment as possible. Year development cycle, hibernation and mating technology were fully reproduced.
Our bumblebees have already worked its first season on cucumbers, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries and sunflowers in the open ground and in the greenhouses, Our specialists watched carefully of their daily progress.
High levels of dusting, acceptable and independent of the exchange rate price of the hive suggest that advanced agricultural technology facilities become available for the Ukrainian farmer.
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