Beekeeping in Guinea (1 of 3) traditional hives


See for more information on Farmer-to-Farmer and/or beekeeping development. Rural development agents from the Fédération des apiculteurs de Guinée, and oic's Food and Livelyhood Security Pita and Conrad Bérubé, Farmer to Farmer Volunteer, explored the traditional bee-tending techniques of the Fouta Djallon region of Guinea.

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  1. TreyNitrotoluene
    4:41 am on March 29th, 2010

    No wonder african bees are so paranoid! :(

  2. ebutoooy
    5:18 am on March 29th, 2010

    You could also do a little research on honeybee swarm attractants to see if maybe someone has already conducted such work– “The Biology of the Honeybee” by Mark Winston has a great bibliography and I’m sure has at least one reference to such work– if you can’t find anything with Google.)

  3. ebutoooy
    5:55 am on March 29th, 2010

    Citral is a component of lemon oil and is found in lower percentages in other citrus oils– but lemon grass has a higher percentage of the chemical. But “the proof of the puddingis in the eating” as they say and I’d encourage you to try the air freshener against lemon grass oil and see if there is any difference in rates of attraction.

  4. bobviously
    5:56 am on March 29th, 2010

    Thanks for the neat info Conrad. I want to try and catch some swarms myself, and I have a citrus blend air freshener whose ingredients are: “Pure Citrus consists 100% of the delightfully fragrant oils found in fresh oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, etc.” it smells just like fresh citrus being peeled.

    Do you think this might be worth trying as an attractant, or should I stick to plain lemon?

    I’ve even heard that lemon pledge works.

    Take care

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