Bee Health: Factors, Analyses and Research Progress


Roger Dunham (Editor)

Series: Insects and Other Terrestrial Arthropods: Biology, Chemistry and Behavior, Global Agriculture: Developments, Issues, and Research
BISAC: SCI025000

Bees, both commercially managed honey bees and wild bees, play an important role in global food production. In the United States, the value of honey bees only as commercial pollinators in U.S. food production is estimated at about $15 billion to $20 billion annually. Given their importance to food production, many have expressed concern about whether a “pollinator crisis” has been occurring in recent decades. Worldwide reports indicate that populations of both managed honey bees and native bees have been declining, with colony losses in some cases described as severe or unusual. Aside from the range of potential identified causes for bee colony declines, this book addresses what role, if any, pesticides play in influencing the health and wellness of bees. The book begins by describing what is known about managed and wild bee populations, continues with brief descriptions of factors that might be affecting those populations, including a more detailed look at the potential effects of pesticide exposures and risk management. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides
(Linda-Jo Schierow, Renee Johnson, M. Lynne Corn, CRS)

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
(Renee Johnson, CRS)

Colony Collapse Disorder: An Incomplete Puzzle
(J. Kim Kaplan, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

2011-2012 National Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Survey Report
(K. Rennich, J. Pettis, D. vanEngelsdorp, et al)

Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report, June 2012
(CCD Steering Committee)

Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report, June 2011
(CCD Steering Committee)

Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report, June 2010
(CCD Steering Committee)



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