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Tingku - a traditional management technique for Apis dorsata in Indonesia

  • Hadisoesilo S
  • 2002
  • Article In Bfd Journal
  • English
  • Bees for Development 64 Text on this website


By Soesilawati Hadisoesilo Forest and Nature Conservation Research and Development Indonesia.    The giant honeybee Apis dorsata is one of Indonesia's indigenous honeybee species. It is distributed widely over the Indonesian archipelago excluding the Mollucas and West Papua.   Attempts to manage Apis dorsata in ways used for the cavity-nesting honeybees always fail.1 However in some parts of Indonesia local techniques are used to manage Apis dorsata colonies so that honey harvest is easier. This technique is similar to “rafter beekeepingâ€?

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