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Crushing corn pollen grains increased diet digestibility and hemolymph protein content while decreasing honey bee consumption

A honey bee colony’s ability to grow and develop is dependent on adequate nutrition. Bees collect pollen from flowers as a source of protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals. The crude protein content of corn pollen is considered low, around 15%; however, bees frequently visit the male flowers of the tassels for pollen. In this study,…

Call for Contributions to the Research Topic: Pollen as Food for Bees: Diversity, Nutrition, and Contamination

Dear COLOSS Colleagues: Dr. Simone Tosi of the University of Turin, Dr. Harmen Hendriksma of the Julius Kühn-Institut, and I are co-editing a Research Topic in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems on the topic: Pollen as Food for Bees: Diversity, Nutrition, and Contamination. This Research Topic was inspired by meetings of the COLOSS…