Nutritional Value of Brood and Adult Workers of the Asia Honeybee Species Apis cerana and Apis dorsata

  • Sampat Ghosh
  • Bajaree Chuttong
  • Michael Burgett
  • Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow
  • Chuleui JungEmail author


We assessed nutrients composition of the Asian honeybee Apis cerana and giant honeybee Apis dorsata. Abundances of individual amino acids and thus their total amounts were found to be considerably higher in A. cerana pupae than those of A. dorsata pupae. The immature developmental stages of honey bees contained higher amounts of fat than the adults. MUFA proportions were found to be higher in adults than pupae of both A. dorsata and A. cerana. In contrast, A. cerana larvae contained slightly more SFA than MUFA. Mineral contents were lower in both A. dorsata and A. cerana in comparison to previously reported European honeybee A. mellifera, except phosphorus. From our previous as well as present results, we provide evidence that honey bee brood would be an excellent nutritional source which also advocate the conservation of honeybee species and enhance the livelihood of small and medium scale bee keepers.


Bee keeping Brood Conservation Sustainable food Livelihood 



We wish to acknowledge the support from the Priority Research Centre’s Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF-2018R1A6A1A03024862).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sampat Ghosh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bajaree Chuttong
    • 3
  • Michael Burgett
    • 4
  • Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow
    • 1
    • 5
  • Chuleui Jung
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Agriculture Science and Technology Research InstituteAndong National UniversityAndongRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Life ScienceSardar Patel UniversityBalaghatIndia
  3. 3.Science and Technology Research InstituteChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  4. 4.Department of HorticultureOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  5. 5.Department of Ecology and GeneticsOulu UniversityOuluFinland
  6. 6.Department of Plant MedicalsAndong National UniversityAndongRepublic of Korea

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