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The Beekeeper's Handbook / Edition 4

The Beekeeper's Handbook / Edition 4


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Since 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper's Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping.

Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.

This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper's most valuable resource.

Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:

• step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;
• approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;
• information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;
• coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;
• the most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and
• a new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801476945
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 38,204
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diana Sammataro is Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, where her research focuses on beneficial microbes and bee nutritional problems, managing parasitic mites of bees and Colony Collapse Disorder, and following the pollination of crops from almonds to apples.

Alphonse Avitabile is a longtime beekeeper and Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury.

Dewey M. Caron is a retired Professor and Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Dewey M. Caron
Foreword to the Third Edition by Roger A. Morse
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Understanding Bees
2. Colony Activities
3. Beekeeping Equipment
4. Obtaining and Preparing for Bees
5. Working Bees
6. Package Bees
7. Feeding Bees
8. Winter/Spring Management
9. Summer/Fall Management
10. Queens and Queen Rearing
11. Special Management Problems
12. Products of the Hive
13. Pathogens and Parasites of Honey Bees
14. Pests of Honey Bees
15. PollinationAppendixes
A. Anatomy of Honey Bees
B. Pheromones
C. Bee Sting Reaction Physiology
D. Paraffin Dipping
E. Differences between European (EHB) and Africanized Honey Bees (AHB)
F. Rearing Wax Moth (Galleria mellonela)
G. Pointers for Extreme Urban Beekeeping (NYC), by Jim Fischer
H. Varroa Mite InfestationsGlossary

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Roger A. Morse

"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."

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"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."

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