Switzerland 2012. Ticino. Beekeeper, honey and organic farming.

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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Rovio. Castello di Duragno. Alberto Bianchi ( dressed in white) is a beekeeper and an organic farmer (with the label Bio Suisse). He stands in the meadows with his assistant Joao from Portugal. Both are checking the honeycombs in the hives, the health of the bees and the quantity of honey. Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and other products of the hive (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly). The honey is produced from the woods Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known as the Black Locust, a tree in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. A less frequently used common name is False Acacia, which is a literal translation of the specific epithet. 30.05.12 © 2012 Didier Ruef