Our Bees in Japan

During 1998, we were fortunate to have been introduced to Dr. Kazuhiro Amano, Ph.D., Chief Entomologist for the Laboratory of Apiculture, National Institute of Animal Industry for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Japanese Government.

Dr. Amano has been experimenting with our bees for pollination for small crop farming. In Spring 1998, he took three of our hives back to Japan, and in Spring (1999), we exported a further six hives. All are doing well.  We have recently sent a further six nest in June, 2000.

The hives are housed in thermostatically controlled glass houses for Winter. For warmer weather, boxes are being developed with in built thermostatically controlled heaters.

Pollination is very important to the farmers of Japan. Honeybees are too dangerous for small cropping and with over 100 million people in Japan, stingless bees are ideal. As stingless bees occur as far South as Bega, NSW, Dr. Amano believes that Trigona Carbonaria is well suited for many parts of Japan.

Kazuhiro has split some of the nests of Trigona Carbonaria and has used his boxes on our original boxes. See photos.

There is great potential for our native bees in the tropical and semi-tropical parts of the world.

Please contact us for further information.

                 Our hive being split                     Kazuhiro's assistant with various box designs

      Nest of Carbonaria in Kazuhiro's Backyard           Inner & Outer Box with Heater

                Kazuhiro splitting our bees               Kazuhiro connecting his boxes to our boxes

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