Application of Coupled Electrical and Sound Stimulation for Honeybee Venom Collection
Journal of Apicultural Science, Vol. 51 No. 2 2007
Summary: In the years 1998-2001, in apiaries of the Apiculture Division, Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, a study was undertaken to evaluate the efficiency of honeybee venom collection by means of coupled electrical and sound stimulation as compared to standard electrical stimulation as elaborated earlier.
Venom was recovered simultaneously from five colonies with a similar strength. In three of them, both standard stimulation with electrical impulses and sound stimuli emitted through loudspeakers mounted on venom storeys were used; whereas in the two others use was only made of the standard stimulation with electrical impulses. In each experimental year, venom collection was carried out in three terms, in 14-day intervals.
The results obtained in the experiment enabled concluding that the application of coupled electrical and sound stimulation for venom collection yielded a significantly higher mass of venom as compared to that recovered with the use of electrical stimulation only.
When expressed in percent, the mean mass of venom collected at single treatment from one honeybee colony was higher by 86% with the application of the coupled electrical and sound stimulation.