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Beekeeping in the Falkland Islands (Las Ilas Malvinas)

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 47 (4) pp. 314 - 317
December 2008
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Beekeeping in the Falkland Islands (Las Ilas Malvinas)

Stephen Palmer


The Falkland Islands are a group of islands situated in the South Atlantic Ocean. They are mainly covered by grassland grazed by sheep. Attempts to improve the quality of the forage using legumes have been limited by the lack of native pollinating insects in order to ensure adequate seed production. From the 1940s onwards, various attempts to introduce the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) have been made, but have proved unsuccessful due to a shortage of suitable forage plants, the harsh winds experienced and the difficulties of queen mating. More recent introduction of legume forage plants have mainly been of self fertile varieties not requiring insect pollination.

Falkland Islands, legume pollination, honey bees, Apis mellifera, bee introduction
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