IRRI relocates honey bees
Bee experts have relocated two colonies of wild honey bees (pukyutan) whose hives were discovered inside the compound of the International Rice Research Institute.
The Philippine News Agency reported that the hives were spotted in a tree near IRRI’s Blast Nursery and another in a tree near the perimeter fence of the research plots.
Eight kilograms of honey were harvested from the hives, which could typically produce approximately 20 kilograms.
IRRI said the presence of healthy bee populations is a sign of a clean environment with low levels of pollutants and toxic chemicals.