Book about beekeeping in the Seychelles

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Book about beekeeping in the Seychelles

Post by La Ferme du Marais on Sun 1 Nov 2015 - 11:29

I just found a book, about beekeeping in Seychelles, it's a bit old but many have some information concerning the local way to drive an Apiary. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009058061 

If someone is going to get it, just give us a quick summary to know if it's interesting.
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Origin of honeybees in Seychelles

Post by AsBee on Sat 7 Nov 2015 - 9:09

There's an article in the latest quarterly issue of Seychelles Wildlife News about the origin of honeybees in Seychelles with the following link to the full article http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/icad.12138/abstract
Unfortunately there's a cost for downloading the entire article and I wonder if it would be worth it.
The summary in Seychelles Wildlife News reads:
'Honeybees are present on many islands in Seychelles and are a familiar feature of the coasts, where they are found struggling over the sand seemingly drunk on the nectar of takamaka trees.  The origin of these bees has long been a mystery; Italian honeybees are known to have been introduced in the 20th century but there are 19th century  records of bees and the first record of bee-keeping in Seychelles is from the early 20th century.
There are also two forms on honeybee in the islands: a 'red-race' and a 'black-race'.  As a result of this confusion honeybees have been variously considered important native pollinators, or invasive aliens.  A new genetic study has found that the Seychelles honeybees are closely related to populations in Madagascar, but are not exactly the same, but there is no evidence of genes from the imported Italian bees.
It is concluded that the bees colonised the islands a very long time ago, long before humans arrived.'
Seychelles Wildlife News Issue No. 17 July to September 2015
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Re: Book about beekeeping in the Seychelles

Post by La Ferme du Marais on Sat 7 Nov 2015 - 9:16

Hello Asbee, a very interesting article, because yes the origin of bees here, remain a mystery. There is a lot of supposition based on talking (as I know). I see Gilbert Port Louis in the names he is member of the SAA agency, may be we can ask him.

Thank you very much for this sharing
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