Publications on science issues
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.
The volume was originally published by NBB in 1984. Owen Meyer – a former General Secretary of the BBKA was a popular lecturer throughout the country on simple microscope. This book resulted from his lecture notes used at these events
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.
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping explains bee biology, what bees do, and provides the tools which make it possible for an individual to successfully manage bee colonies. I have concentrated on the “why” aspects of bee biology – the biological basis of specific beekeeping activities – so that the reader understands “when” and “how” certain things must be done. My intent is to explain bee and beekeeping basics in a manner meaningful to a person who lacks an extensive background or knowledge of biology. Yet I have not oversimplified bee biology to the point where it is meaningless to the serious beekeeper or informed biologist” – Dewey M Caron. A popular speaker and author, Dr. Dewey M. Caron is professor of entomology at the University of Delaware.
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.
In 1877 A. I. Root wrote and published the first edition of this work. It has been updated 41 times and millions of copies have been published since then. Then. Thousands of beekeepers and honey bee scientists have contributed to the knowledge that resides within.
This edition adds to that knowledge. Dr. Shimanuki, USDA Bee Lab Research Leader has gathered beekeepers, scientists and experts in many fields to produce the latest, best, most useful information possible on honey, beekeeping, honey, and the industry all these are a part of. You will field no other beekeeping reference book equal to this work.
All involved on these pages wish you the very best for your journey into the fascinating world of the honey bee, and beekeeping.