Books concerning beekeeping around the world
During well over fifty years of beekeeping experience, John Home has twice served as Chairman of the UK Bee Farmers Association – one of only two members ever to be invited to serve a second term – and is also a former Chairman of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association and it’s local Warwick and Leamington branch.In Home and Away he looks back over a lifetime of beekeeping.
Queen bee. Worker bees. Busy as a bee. These phrases have shaped perceptions of women for centuries, but how did these stereotypes begin? Who are the women who keep bees and what can we learn from them? This examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world. From Africa to Australia to Asia, women have participated in the pragmatic aspects of honey hunting and in the more advanced skills associated with beekeeping.
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.
This work provides a significantly updated catalogue of Australian works on bees and beekeeping. Some New Zealand works are included and this volume joins the family of Walker, Lawes, IBRAs British Bee Books and Johanssen’s Apicultural Literature. Published in Canada and the United States as an important tool for all collectors.
This booklet is intended to raise awareness and promote beekeeping, among people and organisations involved in supporting small-scale farming as a successful diversification enterprise that small-scale farmers in rural, urban and urban centres can integrate into their farming systems easily. This publication is by the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is particularly intended for their clients.
The foundations of modern movable comb beekeeping were laid by men and women with inquiring minds who saw that the methods then in use could be improved by careful observation of the behaviour of bees, They were seeking to escape from the limitations imposed by the traditional methods in use before movable combs were devised.In these essays Karl Showler has looked at the beekeeping methods used in Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Canada and the United States. This is an international book which attempts to transcend the limits of continental and national boundaries. Each essay stands alone but is interlinked through the knowledge then available as beekeepers sought to improve the methods and equipment then in use. Karl has not attempted to look at beekeeping after the Second World War when the use of plastics has, to some degree, altered beekeeping. The widely read author has gone back as far as possible to contemporary publications. He has not explored the methods and equipment used by ‘factory beekeeping’ or ‘honey processing’, limiting himself to the basic keeping of bees in beehives.
This book is a reliable and fascinating guide to one o f Borneo’s natural wonders – the diversity o f honey bees, their intriguing societies and their adaptations to the complex tropical environment. The admirable harmony of their social life , the precision of their combs and the richness of their honey stores are described, as well as the honey bee’s defence strategies against strong bears, fast flying birds and minute mites.
An array of unique, spectacular photographs allows the reader to visit the giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in the canopy of the highest Koompassia trees and witness painful bee stings penetrating deeper and deeper into the skin. Unique in the animal kingdom are magnificent assemblies of thousands of drone s which, far from the safety of their nests, circle high in the air waiting for the arrival of a single virgin queen. The out standing taste and quality of honey of indigenous Asian bees is acknowledged and its unjustified degrading by honey standards of the western Apis mellifera is exposed. Sustainable keeping of indigenous bees for honey production in Asia must gain more momentum! The knowledge and aware ness disseminated by this book will undoubtedly help to protect native honey bees and their habitats in Borneo and elsewhere!