About the Book :
The book contains 34 chapters covering all aspects of beekeeping which include impor-tant events and pioneers in beekeeping, history of beekeeping, type of bees, their evolution and biodiversity, honeybee spec-ies, their biology, form and function, begin-ning beekeeping, establishing apiary, bee appliances, bee behaviour, bee pasturage, management of colonies and their manipula-tion, mass rearing of queens, honeybee nutrition, two queen management system, migratory beekeeping, breeding of honey-bees, use of honeybees and wild bees for pollination, bee products and their value addition, diseases and enemies of bees, breeding bees for disease resistance, inbr-eeding depression in honeybees, quarantine control of bee diseases, artificial insemin-ation, pesticide toxicity to bees, biotech-nological potential of bees, honeybees as biosensors, ancillary industries, marketing of bee products. Besides, the information provided in this book will be useful to pollination biologists, students, teachers, scientists of agriculture, animal behaviour, botany, conservation, biology, ecology, entomology, environmental biology, forestry, genetics, plant breeding, horticulture, toxicology, zoology, seed growers and seed agencies. It will be highly useful to motivate the young generation to fascinating world of honeybees and adopt beekeeping as a profession. Book as a guide for their problems & evolving strategies.
ForewordAcknowledgementsPreface 1. Introduction2. History and importance of beekeeping3. Type of bees4. Evolution and biodiversity of honeybees5. Diversity of honeybee species6. Biology of the honeybee7. Form and function of the honeybee8. Beginning beekeeping and establishment of apiary9. Beekeeping equipments10. Bee behaviour, learning and communication11. Bee pasturage 12. Management of honeybee colonies13. Migratory beekeeping - prospects and problems14. Honey bee nutrition and supplemental feeding15. Two queen colony system for high-honey yields and pollination16. Honeybee breeding, mass rearing of queens and artificial insemination17. The use of honeybees bees for pollination18. Management of wild bees for pollination19. Bee products 20. Value added products from bees and beekeeping21. Diseases and enemies of honey bees22. Breeding bees for disease resistance23. Impact of inbreeding depression in honeybees24. Quarantine control of honeybee diseases25. Pesticidal toxicity to bees26. Biotechnological potential of honeybees27. Honeybees as bioindicators of ecosystem health28. Beekeeping and subsidary industries29. Handling, processing, storage and marketing honey30. Genetically modified crops and beekeeping31. Diagnosis of honey bee diseases32. Conclusions Glossary Bibliography