There are several excellent sources for information on how to establish and maintain an apiary or a honeybee breeding program (e.g., Atkins et al., 1975). Moreover, there are special resources available that describe experimental handling procedures and protocols for behavioral (Frisch, 1967; Seeley, 1995) and physiological (Snodgrass, 1956) data collection. Yet, we will provide a brief overview of tools, protocols and experimental considerations that are of specific relevance for research on aging and longevity.
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When over eighty years of age, the poet Bryant said that he had added more than ten years to his life by taking a simple exercise while dressing in the morning. Those who knew Bryant and the facts of his life never doubted the truth of this statement.