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Scientific Notes on Practical Guide to Assess Colony Strength for Stingless Bee Geniotrigona thoracica and Heterotrigona itama Colonies
1Faculty of Agro Based Industry, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Jeli Campus, 17600 Jeli, Kelantan, Malaysia
2School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
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Abstract : Colony strength of the Geniotrigona thoracica and Heterotrigona itama colonies were classified into strong, moderate and weak colonies. This colony strength assessment were done based on brood size, workers productivity and workers presence. With this practical guide, uniformity in colony strength can be established for G. thoracica and H. itama colonies and provide a quick references to the Meliponiculturist.
Keywords : Meliponiculture,colony strength ,Geniotrigona thoracica ,Heterotrigona itama ,colonies,