Asian Honey Bees: Biology, Conservation, and Human by Benjamin P. Oldroyd,Thomas D. Seeley

By Benjamin P. Oldroyd,Thomas D. Seeley

The general eu hive bee, Apis mellifera, has lengthy ruled honey bee examine. yet within the final 15 years, groups in China, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand started to shift concentration to the indigenous Asian honey bees. Benjamin Oldroyd, renowned for his paintings at the genetics and evolution of employee sterility, has teamed with Siriwat Wongsiri, a pioneer of the research of bees in Thailand, to supply a comparative paintings synthesizing the quickly increasing Asian honey bee literature. After introducing the species, the authors evaluation evolution and speciation, department of work, communique, and nest safety. They underscore the pressures colonies face from pathogens, parasites, and predators--including man--and element the lengthy and outstanding heritage of the honey hunt. This ebook offers a cornerstone for destiny investigations on those species, insights into the evolution throughout species, and a path for conservation efforts to guard those keystone species of Asia's tropical forests.

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