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

Gardener, 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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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 Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 Not known
ISSN: 1744-7429
Extra Information: The definitive version is available at
Keywords: amino acid; feeding choice; nectar; Queensland; Australia; Trigona;
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 11606
Depositing User: Michael Gillman
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 02:47
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 10:18
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