Beekeeping techniques and honeyb bee breeding

A.Y. 2018/2019
3
Max ECTS
32
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Undefined
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Course syllabus
Lectures:
1) Honey bee anatomy and morphology (1 hour)
2) The castes: queen bee, worker bee and drone. The social physiology. Communication among honey bee (2 hours).
3) Genetics of honeybee: taxonomy, breeds, sexual chromosomes, haploidy and diploidy, relationships among honeybees in a colony (2 hours)
4) Honeybee selection: traits, mating stations, genetic improvement (2 hours)
5) The frame hives. The beekeeping equipment. Location and arrangement of an apiary. (1 hour)
6) Beekeeping techniques:
- Hive inspection and the evaluation of colonies
- The visits in autumn and winter
- The swarming, supersedure,
- Harvesting honey
- Queen rearing (3 hours)
7) Characteristics and production techniques of bee products (2 hours)
8) Parasites and diseases of bees (2 hours)
9) Legislation (1 hour)

Practical activities:
Hive inspection in the apiary of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lodi (8 hours)
Visit to a harvesting laboratory and to an apiary for queen honeybee raising (8 hours)
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Course syllabus
The course program is the same as described for attending students
AGR/17 - LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS, ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Rizzi Rita Maria
Professor(s)