Current Status of the Beekeeping Industry in China

  • Huoqing ZhengEmail author
  • Lianfei Cao
  • Shaokang Huang
  • Peter Neumann
  • Fuliang Hu


China is a country with high honeybee diversity, long history of beekeeping and large amount of managed honeybee colonies. Based on the development of a high royal jelly-producing lineage of honeybees and related techniques and tools, China is producing nearly all of royal jelly in the world market. Over the past decade, great development has occurred in Chinese beekeeping industry, e.g., the development of honeybee pollination market, the promotion of beekeeping with Apis cerana, and the mechanization of beekeeping. However, there are also challenges facing the industry, e.g., honey adulteration and colony losses caused by biotic and/or non-biotic factors. The exploitation of native bumble bees and stingless bees is still in the very early initial stage. The role of honeybee pollination in agriculture has been recognized by government and farmers. We believe that Chinese beekeeping is entering an era full of opportunities.


China Beekeeping industry Honeybee diversity History Royal jelly Pollination Pests and diseases Non-Apis species Perspective 



H. Zheng and F. Hu were supported by the Earmarked Fund for Modern Agro-industry Technology Research System from the Ministry of Agriculture of China (CARS-44-KXJ 22 and CARS-44-KXJ 16). L. Cao was supported by a grant (No. 31602014) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huoqing Zheng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lianfei Cao
    • 2
  • Shaokang Huang
    • 3
  • Peter Neumann
    • 4
  • Fuliang Hu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouP. R. China
  2. 2.Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural SciencesHangzhouP. R. China
  3. 3.College of Bee Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry UniversityFuzhouP. R. China
  4. 4.Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse FacultyUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland

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