Tropical bees (Trigona hockingsi) show no preference for nectar with amino acids

Gardiner, Mark C., Rowe, Richard J., and Gillman, Michael P. (2003) Tropical bees (Trigona hockingsi) show no preference for nectar with amino acids. Biotropica, 35 (1). pp. 119-125.

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Abstract

We offered Australian tropical stingless bees (Trigona hockingsi) artificial nectar (30% sucrose w/v) either with or without added amino acids (3.30 mM). Bees showed no preference for nectar type, suggesting that sugars, rather than amino acids, play a greater role in nectar choice by this species.

Item ID: 6024
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-7429
Keywords: amino acid; feeding choice; nectar; Queensland; Trigona
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2010 05:27
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060808 Invertebrate Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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