ONGOING RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Below are research participants on Apiculture
Apis melifera: Forage and Pollination Services
The honey bee, Apis melifera is a very important insect for balancing the ecosystem. Together with other insect pollinators, honeybees offer a remarkable service to the environment while at the same time satisfying their needs for food security. As they forage, they make sure they build the food reserves to maintain the colony. During this time, they collect pollen grains, nectar and resin from flowers and make different types of products useful to man. Man has consequently learnt to live with bees, helping them to get what they need for their natural factory for production of honey and allied products as they offer pollination services to sustain plants for food security and biodiversity. Honeybees are worth watching as they fill their pollen baskets and crops with food while buzzing with their beautiful tunes from dawn to dusk. In the following pictures and videos, honeybees are seen foraging on sunflowers (and the same happens in the maize fields and orchards) and red bottle brush flowers at Rongo University. The sunflowers will subsequently mature to yield seeds for production of cooking oil and seed cake for animal feed, while bottle brush flowers are beautiful ornamentals in our homes and places of work. Each plant visited by honeybees has its own unique story of ensuing products and services that must be told in its own page or space. So never kill a bee that comes your way. Give them water in plates or troughs with small stones to stand on as they drink whenever they pass by your homes and work places.
The Rongo University beekeeping project is an income generating project that also creates awareness to local communities on how science can be used for creating wealth and sustaining food security. The project also showcases the concept of Industrial Ecology.
Here is an short overview clip on on the ongoing research on Apiculture
Bee hives at Rongo University Bee Keeping Farm