3.1.5. General recommendations

  • The test apiary should be made up of the same kind of material (hives and supers) for uniform management.
  • The testing apiary should be run by experienced beekeepers specifically trained to assess production and behavioural traits.
  • Assessment of behavioural traits should be performed on all colonies on the same day, preferably by the same tester.
  • In migratory beekeeping situations, the apiary should not be split, and the respective colonies should stay together for the whole test period.