Volumes covering all aspects of bee disease
Honey Bee Pests, Predators & Diseases – now in its third edition is both a scientific reference and a practical guide for beekeepers world-wide. The answers to the causes and the cures of a thousand problems may be found within its pages.
Healthy Bees are Happy Bees is a comprehensive guide to bee health and sickness. The book details beekeeping problems, pests, parasites and diseases in depth and offers practical guidance rooted in beekeeping experience about preventing, controlling or curing threats to bee colonies to encourage more sustainable beekeeping practice. Environmental considerations, the effects of food, genetics, health and hygiene and the interactions of bees with the weather all combine to bring a hew and holistic approach to the topic. This book presents the reader with an in-depth examination of all aspects of bee diseases in a way that has not previously been available in a single book.
With so much information available on diseases and health related matters, today’s beekeepers are in danger of becoming overwhelmed. The aim of this book is to help beekeepers establish healthy honeybee colonies, assess their condition and take appropriate action, Diseases are dealt with in a concise format to improve readability and are referenced to the latest peer reviewed research. The book emphasises the importance of proper set up involving an integrated approach to health management, in effect a preventive system that comes at little extra cost to the beekeeper.
Modern commercial beekeeping has changed from primarily honey production to crop pollination. With this change has come extraordinary stress–colonies are moved multiple times a year, increasing their exposure to diseases, parasites, and hive pests. Antibiotics and acaricides are being applied more frequently, resulting in resistance and comb contamination. The future use of bee colonies as mobile pollinator populations requires modern management methods with fresh perspectives on nutrition, breeding practices, and the role of microbes in sustaining colony health.
“Essential reading for any beekeepers exploring the world of microscopy. Clear, concise and practical”. Celia Davis, Author of The Honey Bee Inside Out & The Honey Bee Around and About.
“An invaluable step-by-step overview of the microscopy tasks candidates may be required to perform or discuss in the British Beekeepers’ Association assessments”. John Hendrie, Beekeepers’ Association Examination Board.
The BRAVE (Bee Research And Virology in Europe) project report was selected from the call for proposals by the EU where one of the objectives was the Assessment of the level of risk and the likely consequences for bees and other closely related pollinators of the introduction of bee viruses to Europe. BRAVE was aimed at knowledge transfer between expert with a broad range of skills in insect virology, diagnosis, immunology, epidemiology, international trade and risk management, along with scientists involved in fundamental and applied research on bees and related pollinator species. More than 60 world experts exchanged their knowledge during a preliminary meeting in Sophia-Antipolis (France) in April 2005. Following this first meeting, a smaller panel of experts gathered in Tourtour (Les Treilles Foundation – France) in September 2005 and produced this book which, in addition to being an overview of current virology status of the honey bee, also proposes a framework for future research programmes on virology and the honey bee.