A worker honeybee

Capensis laying workers in an
African honeybee colony

Viable and dead sunflower pollen

Although honeybee-colonies are not regarded by many as livestock, the role they play in agriculture and ecology is more important than that of any other domesticated animal. They are an indispensable link in the ecological chain and are directly responsible through pollination for the survival of many plants. Some of these plants are crops that are essential food for the nation and huge earners of foreign exchange. Research on the honeybee and beekeeping remains therefore essential.

Research activities are broadly grouped into the following:

Mr. Mike Allsopp
Campus: Vredenburg Research Center, Stellenbosch

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