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Keystone food resources for honey bees in South Indian west coast during monsoon

Balachandran, C and Chandran, Subash MD and Ramachandra, TV (2014) Keystone food resources for honey bees in South Indian west coast during monsoon. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 106 (10). pp. 1379-1386.

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The low level, denuded, laterite landscape of coastal Uttara Kannada has a rich diversity of monsoon herbs, including threatened and newly discovered ones. Our study reveals that honey bees congregate on the ephemeral herb community of Utricularias, Eriocaulons and Impatiens during their gregarious monsoon flowering period. Apis dorsata had highest visitations on Utricularias, Impatiens and Flacourtia indica, whereas Trigona preferred Eriocaulons. Laterite herb flora merits conservation efforts as a keystone food resource for the insect community, especially for honey bees.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Flower visitation; food resource; honey bee; keystone; laterite
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 05:33
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2014 05:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49375

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