Category Archives: Bee populations

Why bees are important !

This is the Epilogue from the novel Bees have been discovered in amber over 100 million years old, frozen in time, as if immortalized in their own honey. Bees were buzzing around the first flowers during the age of the dinosaurs, … Continue reading

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There is only one Philippines !

Only one Earth Only one Philippines  This sample map shows that perhaps half of the Philippines land area has already lost its primary pollinators.  The loss of essential pollinators for agriculture is happening across the Philippines and this ‘silent disaster’ can only … Continue reading

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Black & white awareness leaflet

This leaflet is intended to constructively show why bees are important and also to show how honey hunters can obtain more honey by altering their harvesting methods, and at the same time help improve crop yields. (The Putyokan and Ligwan honeybees … Continue reading

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Wasted potential in the Philippines

I hope Philippine government officials read the following email content from a leading agricultural scientist in Vietnam… I was surprised when between Vietnam and the Philippine, in general, external conditions are almost similar to each other, but in the beekeeping development … Continue reading

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Small Coconut Farmers meeting

Zamboanguita, Philippines. 17th October 2014 Invited in morning to join the local coconut farmer’s review meeting by my father-in-law, and told I could also meet there the regional Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) advisor (PCDM). My father-in-law was wearing his green ZASCOFAMCO short sleeve shirt and … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of the male sex?

This is a biological question and not a ‘sexist’ question. It is biologically quite possible to clone animals, and even in nature some animals can reproduce without needing the male sex. Plants can be reproduced vegetatively, or by using runners etc. … Continue reading

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Leaflet information for honey gatherers

To improve crop yields and help honey gatherers harvest more honey, rural communities need to be offered suitable advice.  This leaflet is intended to be printed double-sided  in black and white on A4. A version is also provided in the native … Continue reading

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Apis cerana (Ligwan) beekeeping in Vietnam & the Philippines

Compare beekeeping in Vietnam to that in the Philippines Click on this link to see Apis cerana beekeeping in Vietnam. Vietnam statistics & honeybee colonies… Vietnam population: 90 million,  Area: 331,200 square kms, Ethnic groups 54, Average latitude: 14 N, Climate: tropical, Native … Continue reading

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Tagalog & English awareness leaflets

This  Native language awareness leaflet pdf is in Tagalog and is designed for printing on both sides of A4.  It is intended to help raise awareness in rural communities about pollination and the role of bees in the agricultural environment. All the educational material … Continue reading

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Teachers – helping students with their future

Students can enjoy learning about honeybees – and this will help their future prospects! The ‘bad news’ is there is a problem, but the ‘good news’ is that there is a solution. The problem – Declining agricultural productivity and low incomes … Continue reading

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Crop yield forecasts for 2014 and beyond

Crop forecasting methods often rely on extrapolating past figures into the future. It would also be useful to try and identify the many possible factors that combine to affect the yield per hectare and the total production figures. For this assessment … Continue reading

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Brief history of Philippine bees

Bees have been on the earth a great deal longer than human beings.  Researchers at Oregon State University in the USA (1) discovered the oldest bee ever known, a 100 million year old specimen preserved in almost lifelike form in … Continue reading

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Survey of honeybee populations

There is not enough up-to-date population data about the bees in many areas and islands in the Philippines. It is important and very helpful if you can send in comments about the relative abundance or scarcity of the honeybees in your locality and island. Please send … Continue reading

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