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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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Rafters for Putyokan wild honeybees

Click on this link to see the use of Rafters or Tingkus In some parts of Indonesia local techniques called Tingkus are used to manage  colonies so that honey harvesting is easier.  This technique is similar to ‘rafter beekeeping’ in Vietnam, and … Continue reading

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A story about honey & passion

This story may have begun when the first flower opened and a bee alighted, seeking its food of pollen and nectar.  Bees have been discovered in amber over 100 million years old, frozen in time, as if immortalized in their … 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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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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Why are so many Filipinos afraid of bees?

In the Philippines the mention of the word ‘bee’ often causes instant fear, whereas most other cultures think of bees as ‘friendly’ useful insects.   Why?  Here are some quoted reasons…. A ‘bee’ stung them very painfully, or stung their friend.  It is almost … 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 study’ topic for students

High school & agricultural students can do a ‘crop study’ Research an important crop such as , , , or and investigate how pollination takes place. The articles in this website can be a basis for this, but the students … Continue reading

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Playing cards ‘bee pollination’ design

Playing card draft design promoting ‘bee pollination’ Playing cards is a popular rural entertainment, and packs of cards could be sold at a competitive price (perhaps 60 pesos per pack?)

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A few simple children’s computer games

A few simple and safe games about honeybees … Collect the honey game Find the hidden bees in the honeycomb Yaminas honey garden These can be played on most PCs or Macs, but an Android computer or phone would need a Flash … Continue reading

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Draft pollination awareness leaflet for rural communities

Click here for a ‘pdf’ version Draft awareness leaflet for rural communities 240514 This is a draft ‘pollination awareness leaflet’ as a basis for further layout work for printing purposes etc.  Please feel free to give any comments …  For example:  Do you … Continue reading

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