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Cash Bee **r,'uliririrl wilfi Apis Dorsata {Rock Bee}:
A p ote nli afl hiilsl$tj s"a[ ir:lxitl

tusxelnf:gJssnanMlae*

Nikam T.Br and Jawale C.
Department of Zoology,

G. E. Society':;, H.P.T

Arts and Fl.Y.l(. Science Collegle, Nashik-422005 tbnikam@gmail.com, zoology@rediffmail.com

dorsata (Rock Bee) is
/-tan indigenous hone,r t)e,t'
species which is confirrgd trr
Asia. lt is one of the important

tltis species ne€rds intensive

one of the important biological

government organizations and all
those who are actively connected

natura'l resource complemr:rrl ary
to agriculture and forest .c,r its
highest contribution in pollinat_iorr
service. lts symbiotic relatic rrshil:
with plants results into swect anrJ
green revolution. lt is a wilJ alrl

wrloltli of ,Asia responsible for

to sustainable development of

inci'r:rasing agro-horticultural and
fore.rst ptoductivity eind also quality

agriculturel horticulture and forest
should give oriority for networking

cf thes,er products, Ihe direct and

conservation of Apis dorsata.

indir<lct benefi[s,lained by our

This will positively result into food

cr'un1.rl/fronr honey production and
poll i na'.ion benefit v,,hen

computed
are app,roximately Rupees 2BB0

and nutritional security of lndia...
Natural biological resources lik6$,j.+
Apis dorsata have pc-rten'lial toi {i'

cr3r,3r;. With scienlific monitoring

make lndia free of

Apir

'

nomadic species well knoryn for
its long distance foraging range:.
Af present in lndia 18000 rnetri:
tons of forest honey is obtainerj
from rock bee coloniea sy6t"r /eo-.
The species is widely knolyn for
its pollination effiiienqlard thr:
pollination benefit is t

15 to 25 times
i
of the honev.
of,the
Apis
fioney. Ar

rnbwv
ifi$6st

r

ueWiu"
agffSive speci€ble
specieii

i$fue

ItadRr;
":lrtd'dRii'
heavily on intruders bntj the-erfon:

_

it is alw$@reatened by rrran. lt
is because of fbarthatthe
bee
--j rvi ct-"\f'
ffiE.
coloffiTi.om foiest, agrictttuibr,^
r.Hal and
d urban',habitai;
urban',l1a-bitai; are
es[royed Wffian using
rnd crimjlal ihetro{s.
inrina

I

ive rrse of
in agriculture,

ulturr,: and

frtor$

pr5'ctic

ney Bffiraction
to reduction of wi

i

for

resulied in

conljer vation effo;'ts. Moreover,
arnclngst natural po lli nating agents
rt is

arrd u:;ing newly ceveloped eco,
errd lv techniqrres now it is
pos:;ib,e to harvest honey without

f t.

doing

arny

harm to bees, brood and

to thei r nest. Moreor,er, esta blish ing

itr:e itf riaries ol Ap,s dorsata ancl
aclopling bee friendly practices
ior lrrrrey harvesling,, it will be
a incorne generating activity for
tribal honey hunters, farmers and
also tc the traditional beekeepers*

This <lnvironmental
frienrlly approach will
defin'tely contribute in
crrnser ving Apis dorsata

the highly negiected
brological resource sf
ou, ,,cuq$g*f'fproLftn
,oi..*,.uffi$HF'dtromp^
scientific manioulation

r*b:

ConsiQerin€ iXs eco logica
and econom,ical im po rta n ce

I

l+'rr

it will b
possible for us to
practices,i

col'rnies.

E

6nd nanape"l4"l

conserve Apis dorsata.

The planning commission of
lndia, state governments, non

,

po,rert1,.
ii '.

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Keyword: Apis dorsata;1,

pollination, honey, tree apiary.

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Abrstraci supported with the
Poster was preserrlecl in thc
National conference on "Natural

Resource Managernent for
Sustainable Development" 2O10
organized by North Maharashtra
versiiy, Jalgaon (M.S) tndia