UTM Campus Sustainability Activities & Initiatives : Open area preservation
KDOJ have been making efforts to reintroduce more local flora and fauna. Stingless bees hives have been brought into the area of KDOJ in gradual steps, since 2016. To date we are keeping total of 20 hives of stingless bees hives which mainly of the species Heterotrigona Itama. We also keeping stingless bees from the species of Geniotrigona Thoracica and Tetrigona Binghami. Stingless bees are specialized bees that gather pollen to feed their youngs and also play an important role in the ecology, economy, and horticulture. Many natives (such as Cengal, Merbau, and Meranti) and cultivated tropical plants are dependent on stingless bees pollination where they have contributed Malaysia’s forestry industry valued over RM 4 billion. Furthermore they are important pollinators of crops such as fruits, vegetable, fibre/forage crops, and garden flowers with annual contribution to the agriculture industry of RM 66 milllion. The diminutive size of the stingless bees also ensure pollination of small flowers.
The importance of stingless bees
Stingless bees hives around the KDOJ area
More floras have been introduced by erecting flower fences and planting trees around the KDOJ areas. Among the flowers and tress that have been planted are Antigonon Leptopus, Turnera Ulmifolia, Averrhoa Carambola, Cocos nucifera, Cassia Fistula, and Aquilaria malaccensis Lamk.