Corn or Maize

Zea mays

Corn or maize is a pollen source utilised by honey bees (Clemson, p. 204).

Corn pollen is 14% to 15% crude protein and the amino-acid ratios are satisfactory, the iso-leucine being 3.7% to 4.3%.

Bees collect corn pollen in large quantities and are stimulated to breed. This is interesting as corn does not produce nectar. Any major bee-breeding that occurs with corn pollen as the main protein source, would produce low-protein bees. Diseases such as EBD and nosema may result.

Because corn pollen is so enthusiastically collected and eaten by honey bees, it possibly could be used for collecting, storing and feeding back to bees as an additive to soyflour.

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