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SS3: AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE - 1ST TERM

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  1. Crop Improvement | Week 1
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  2. Animal Improvement | Week 2
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  3. Animal Health Management I - Introduction | Week 3
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  4. Animal Health Management II | Week 4
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  5. Animal Health Management III | Week 5
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  6. Aquaculture | Week 6
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  7. Apiculture or Bee-keeping | Week 7
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  • Castes of honey bees
    • drones, queens, and workers
      • roles and functions

Worker Queen and Drone of the European honey bee 5 e1690303563863

A colony of bees consists of three castes of bees. These are:

A Queen Bee:

This is the only breeding female in the colony. The queen is the only sexually mature female in the hive and all the female worker bees and male drones are her offspring. The queen may live for up to three years or more and may be capable of laying half a million eggs or more in her lifetime. The queen is raised from a normal worker egg but is fed a larger amount of royal jelly than a normal worker bee, resulting in radically different growth and metamorphosis. The queen influences the colony by the production and dissemination of a variety of “pheromones” or “queen substance”. One of the chemicals suppresses the development of ovaries in all the female worker bees in the hive and prevents them from laying eggs.

The Worker Bee:

Worker bees are the most numerous members of the colony. A healthy colony may contain 80,000 worker bees or more at its peak growth in early summer. Workers build and maintain the nest and care for the brood.

 

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