The Conservation of Bees, The

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Bees form a vital part of many natural and farmed landscapes all over the world. Both as pollinators and as a part of the wider insect community, their activities not only promote healthy ecosystems but in many cases are essential to the life cycles of particular plant species. Their complex coevolutionary relationships to their forage plants are a subject of fascination to biologists and conservationists, and of economic importance to crop managers. But everywhere bees are under pressure, both from the direct ...
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Overview

Bees form a vital part of many natural and farmed landscapes all over the world. Both as pollinators and as a part of the wider insect community, their activities not only promote healthy ecosystems but in many cases are essential to the life cycles of particular plant species. Their complex coevolutionary relationships to their forage plants are a subject of fascination to biologists and conservationists, and of economic importance to crop managers. But everywhere bees are under pressure, both from the direct impact of pesticides in the environment as well as the indirect effects of habitat alteration and destruction. This volume focuses on a number of important topics in bee biology and conservation in the temperate regions of four continents. The varieties of habitats needed for bees to thrive, the essential links and interactions between bees and many plant species, and the current state of bee biodiversity and conservation are all dealt with by an international cast of authors. Anyone with an interest in bees, or in insect and plant conservation in general, will find important subjects discussed in this book.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Habitat requirements of central European bees and the problems of partial habitats 1
2 Man-made bee habitats in the anthropogenous landscape of central Europe - substitutes for threatened or destroyed riverine habitats? 17
3 Optimizing habitats for bees in the United Kingdom - a review of recent conservation action 35
4 Urban habitats for bees: the example of the city of Berlin 47
5 Ecological bases of conservation of wild bees 55
6 Aspects of bee diversity and crop pollination in the European Union 63
7 Comparative efficacy of bee species for pollination of legume seed crops 81
8 Which bees do plants need? 105
9 Insect diversity and the pollination of rare plant species 115
10 Competition between honey bees and native bees in the Sonoran Desert and global bee conservation issues 125
11 Resource overlap among native and introduced bees in California 143
12 Toward an ecological perspective of beekeeping 153
13 Measuring the meaning of honey bees 163
14 African honey bees as exotic pollinators in French Guiana 173
15 The possible ecological implications of the invasion of Bombus terrestris (L.) (Apidae) at Mt Carmel, Israel 183
16 Interdependence of native bee faunas and floras in changing Mediterranean communities 201
17 Bee systematics in Europe: the continuing crisis and some possible cures 227
18 PCAM: an international study of the bees of Mexico 233
Index 247
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