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Dr. İbrahim Çakmak: We should use local breed bees in order to continue producing honey

Experts who continue their research in the field of beekeeping have recommended the use of local breed bees in order to continue producing honey and bee products without being exposed to climate change and drought.

Professor Dr. İbrahim Çakmak

Academics specialising in the field of beekeeping at Bursa Uludağ University (BUU) Beekeeping Development-Application and Research Centre (AGAM) carry out applied studies to develop new products, methods and technologies that will increase the production of beekeepers and the quality of bee products, determine their effects on human health, and enable them to use effective methods of combating diseases and parasites.

BUU AGAM Director Professor Dr. İbrahim Çakmak said that bee deaths in recent years due to mild winters are above the average both in the world and in Türkiye.

Stating that bees leave the hive in mild winters and consume their life span early, Çakmak highlighted that they observed that the number of bees in the hives decreased rapidly at the beginning of spring due to the abnormal summer and winter seasons.

Pointing out that deaths will be higher if local bee breeds and local ecotypes are not used, Çakmak explained, “Foreign breeds used in our country have a very important negative effect here. As we use foreign breeds, aggression increases in crosses between breeds. So these bees are much more vicious than normal. Beekeepers prefer these types of bees by looking at their short-term yields and these also disrupt our ecotypes.”

Çakmak also emphasized that it is predicted that major disasters related to climate change may occur in the future…

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