This is the second instalment of the “Meliponiculture and Beyond” Series. It covers the meliponiculure activities and the spectral produce from stingless beekeepers and conservationists efforts in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia on Borneo Island. Scrutinizing the regional stingless bee fauna and floral diversity with crop pollination potentials. The prospects of highland Stingless Beekeeping is examined with the establishment of a highland station stingless bee repository. It further explores from historical data of the 19th century up to the current discoveries on the Diverse sugar profile in stingless bee honey. It concludes with some aspirations on the future outlook of meliponiculture industry of the country.
In the grand scheme of things, this book explores the central theme of stingless bees’ importance and utilisation.
Sustainable development in everyday agriculture instead of advanced technically innovative like aeroponics or molecular growth enhancers, flowers need to be pollinated. Regardless of pollination variations, flowers and bees are part of nature and agricultural produce is part and parcel of standard fertilization and crop reproduction.
Utilizing specific pollinating agents like native insects for native crops would be the most appropriate effort in crop yield management.
With expanding urban development and environmental pollution on the rise, human civilization and industrialization take over agricultural space. It seems prudent for humans to revert to higher altitude agrarian development.
Meliponiculture being a growing trend after the current decline of apiculture and monoculture farming is pushed towards the suburbs and eventually to higher ground. This book looks at the potential of highland meliponiculture in the ever-increasing highland agricultural development.
A view of historical records of high-altitude discovery of stingless bees shows a good environment for stingless bees conservation and utilization in highland agriculture. As an infant step in conservation efforts, there is a need to address past failures in meliponiculture and upgrade pollination goals with stingless bees rearing in the highlands.
The subsidiary produces in stingless bee utilization in agriculture justifies the need for more major efforts to conserve our national treasure. A chapter on the.analysis of diverse sugar profiles gives great enlightenment on the importance of honey derived from meliponines.
The book ends with the journey of honey sampling at Meliponaries throughout Peninsular Malaysia.