The Beekeeper's Handbook / Edition 4

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Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The text is presented in a very readable way, and the diagrams are some of the clearest I have seen for a long time."—Bee Craft (reviewing the third edition)

"A comprehensive, well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper. The book outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative."—AB Bookman's Weekly (reviewing the third edition)

"An elegant reference book with beautiful illustrations."—Whole Earth (reviewing the third edition)

"Since the publication of the first edition of the handbook in 1973, many thousands of novice and experienced beekeepers have relied on this book as the preferred single-volume guide to bee keeping. . . . The fourth edition has been redesigned, revised and expanded to incorporate the latest findings on Colony Collapse Disorder, green integrated pest management techniques, overwintering protocols and ways to control bee mites . . . this book offers plenty of sound advice." —John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History (September 2013)

"Beginners will find The Beekeeper's Handbook a joy, and more seasoned beekeepers will find rereading of benefit as they continue to master the art and science of bee colony care." —Dewey M. Caron

"The Beekeeper's Handbook has guided thousands of beginning and advanced beekeepers in the how-tos of this entertaining and profitable pastime. Simply put, it is the best of the best of beekeeping books."—Roger A. Morse (reviewing the third edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801449819
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Understanding Bees 3
2 Colony Activities 16
3 Beekeeping Equipment 24
4 Obtaining and Preparing for Bees 34
5 Working Bees 40
6 Package Bees 49
7 Feeding Bees 55
8 Winter/Spring Management 64
9 Summer/Fall Management 71
10 Queens and Queen Rearing 83
11 Special Management Problems 99
12 Products of the Hive 113
13 Bee Pests and Diseases 125
14 Pollination and Bee Plants 149
App. A Anatomy of the Honey Bee 154
App. B Pheromones 155
App. C Bee Sting Reaction Physiology 158
App. D Preserving Woodenware 162
App. E Metric Conversions 163
App. F Fun Facts about Bees 164
App. G Africanized Bees 165
App. H Rearing Wax Moths 167
References 169
Glossary 181
Index 189
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