Aspects of bee improvement
Sustainable bee breeding – a theoretical and practical guide. This an account of leading edge work by ten researchers, based in bee institutes in five European countries. The publication was partially supported by the Commission of the European Communities.
This volume was first published in 1947 and revised in 1951. With the present interest in beekeeping and the need once more to breed more queens, this reprint of Abbott’s second edition has been reproduced with the support of the family. It should provide a valuable addition to the literature.
Scientific Queen Rearing is one of the classic American titles in this area of beekeeping. This facsimile reprint of the 3rd edition of 1901 at a 110% scale allows easier reading. There is much advice in this volume, although written over 100 years ago, which is relevant to the Queen rearers of today.
This large volume of 426 pages, first published in 1986 and reprinted in 2008, contains 16 chapters covering 91 articles from 17 authors from around the world. In the words of the the review in Bee Culture, May 2009, ” … a wealth of references … It remains a significant contribution to the science of genetics. In the intervening years ( since 1986), of course, considerable information on molecular genetics and polyandry have become available, but the grounding science in this book remains unchanged.
A wide ranging volume, like no other publication of this subject area in the English speaking world – it deals with all aspects of the queen – biology, rearing and breeding.
Dr David Woodward was head of the Apiculture Department at Telford Rural Polytechnic, Balclutha, New Zealand when he wrote this text book for his students. David has taught beekeeping and queen bee rearing at Telford since 1997 and managed Telford’s 350 beehives. Previously he was Senior State Apiculture Adviser with the Department of Primary Industries in South Australia (1990-97) and responsible to the state Minister of Primary Industries, for administering the Apiaries Act to the South Australia beekeeping industry (1,000 beekeepers owning about 85,000 hives). David was a research scientist at Adelaide University’s Waite Agrigultural Research Institute (1988-90) and worked on importation and management of leafcutting bees for pollination of lucerne. David completed a Doctorate in Zoology at Massey University (1986-88) working on food demand and foraging behaviour of bumblebees. He completed a Master of Science with Honours at Canterbury University (1981-83) in insect-plant species. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology at Canterbury University (1978-80). David has written many articles, course material for apiculture students at Telford, and published papers in scientific journals. This book is the culmination o the queen bee rearing course he developed in 1999.
“Honeybee Democracy is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated, about humanity’s greatest friend among the insects. The honeybee is important not only for its role in agriculture but for what it has taught us concerning the fundamental nature of complex social organization. Seeley, its leading authority, here presents it to a broad readership, with scientific exactitude written in lyrical prose.” Edward 0. Wilson, coauthor of The Superorganism
“Detailed and practical manual a must have book for every beekeeper filled with astounding photographs. In this post-varroa, post-Colony Collapse Syndrome era, beekeepers everywhere are developing localized, mite resistant bee stocks. Key to this is their ability to raise queen cells and queens. Bee Culture / American Bee Journal author Dr. Larry Connor describes a very successful queen rearinf method using Starter and Finisher colonies. Connor also wrote Increased Essentials and Bee Sex Essentials. Very detailed and practical manual for raising queens on a small scale from locally selected stock. Larry offers a tested and proven method to teach backyarders how best to improve beekeeping stock for greater return and enjoyment”. – Dr. Dewey M. Caron, University of Delaware, Emeritus Professor.Queen Rearing Essentials provides today’s beekeepers with a clear, concise, and simple method to not only produce their own queens, but to actively improve their stock. Dr. Connor has distilled extensive information into a simple plan that any beekeeper can follow. Queen Rearing Essentials is a must have book for every beekeeper. – Greg Hannaford, Chairman, Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association Combines astounding photographs with vital information in one of the most comprehensive queen rearing books ever. A short, precise, and very clear book. Explains a method used by thousands of beekeepers to raise queens on any scale! – Blake Shook, President, Collin County (Texas) Hobby Beekeepers Association.
With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text The Buzz about Bees tells the story of honey-bees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his won research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees.
In contrast to the view of the bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by the queen, Tautz introduces them as a “super-organism”, a self organising and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies.
The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.