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Honey harvest at Röbäcksdalen

Published: 09 October 2020
Honey jars on a paper tray. Photo.

Röbäcksdalen research station houses three bee hives for reasearch purposes. The bee hives are a part of the infrastructure SITES - Swedish infrastructure for ecosystem science.

In the end of September the honey from the bee hives at Röbäcksdalen were harvested. The honey harvest was relatively small this year, which is true for other honey producers in Västerbotten county. Even though June was unusually warm, July was cold and rainy, which limited the bees ability to collect pollen and nectar during this time. The honey has been tapped into small sampling jars of around 75 g, which will be tested as an SLU profile product. The size makes it easy to travel with and it is therefore an excellent gift for visitors.

Röbäcksdalen research station aims to increase the activity to five bee hives, hopefully already until 2022, to be able to offer good conditions for research on honey bees in northern Sweden.

A person is holding a wax frame filled with honey.  Photo.
Malin Barrlund, who is responsible for the honey bees at Röbäcksdalen, is holding up a frame full of honey. Photo Johanna Wallsten.
Honey is running from a tap, thorugh a sieve and into a bucket. Photo.
The tapping of holey includs a two size filter sieve, where wax pieces are filtered and removed. Photo Johanna Wallsten.


Malin Barrlund, Research Technician 
Department of Agriculture Research for Northern Sweden, SLU, +46(0)76-833 77 67

Johanna Wallsten, Researcher/Deputy Head of Dept./SITES manager Röbäcksdalen
Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden, +46(0)90-786 8716

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