Honeybees: Biology, Behavior and Benefits

Danièle Dreesen (Editor)

Series: Insects and Other Terrestrial Arthropods: Biology, Chemistry and Behavior
BISAC: SCI070000

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Bees are eusocial insects with highly successful cosmopolitan distribution. Honeybees contribute substantially to the worldwide healthy economy and food security as pollinators. On-going and well-documented declines and losses in managed honeybee colonies represent one of the current threats to insect crop pollination service. This book begins with a review on the genetic structure of dark European honey bee population in the Ural. Chapter two studies the use for feeding the honey bees by sugar syrup with ethanol extract from 15 medicinal plants.

Chapter three focuses on three diseases causing enormous colony losses, and offers a wide range of management options mainly including organic acids, microbial metabolites, and bioactive phytochemicals derivate from plants. Chapter four examines findings on honeybee immunity. Chapter five describes the nutritional property of the honeybee larvae as foods or supplements and its medicinal property for some symptoms. Chapter six reviews the behavioral and physiological responses to the profitability of food sources in individual foragers and their consequences at a colony level. The last chapter examines the trends in categories of scholarly and professional journal articles written, and the likelihood of finding honeybee-related research articles.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface
pp. vii-xi

Chapter 1
The Genetic Structure of Dark European Honey Bee Population in the Ural
(Rustem A. Ilyasov, Aleksandr V. Poskryakov and Alexei G. Nikolenko, The Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics of Ufa Scientific Center of Russia Academy of Sciences, Russia)
pp. 1-14

Chapter 2
Herbal Dietary Supplement with Antifungal Effect for Increasing the Productivity of Honey Bee Colonies
(Rustem A. Ilyasov and Rashit G. Farkhutdinov, The Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics of Ufa Scientific Center of Russia Academy of Sciences, Russia, Bashkortostan, Ufa, Russia, and others)
pp. 15-22

Chapter 3
Alternatives for Controlling Pathogens and Parasites to Improve Honeybee Health
(Natalia Damiani, Martín Pablo Porrini, Martín Javier Eguaras, Liesel Brenda Gende, Centro de Investigación en Abejas Sociales, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Funes 3350, Mar del Plata, Argentina, and others)
pp. 23-52

Chapter 4
Bee Defensin-1 Seasonal Quantitative Variability in Honeys and its Role in Bee Health Protection
(Ivana Valachova and Juraj Majtan, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, and others)
pp. 53-70

Chapter 5
Nutritional and Medicinal Properties of the Honeybee Larvae
(Mitsuhiro Aoki, Shinobu Fukushima, Akio Ohkuma, and Tomoki Tatefuji, Medical Information Department, Gifu University Hospital, Gifu, Japan, and others)
pp. 71-90

Chapter 6
Regulation of Honeybee Foraging in Response to Food-Source Profitability
(Ken-ichi Harano and Masaki Hayashi, Honeybee Science Research Center, Tamagawa University, Machida, Tokyo, Japan, and others)
pp. 91-106

Chapter 7
In Which Categories of Scholarly & Professional Journals are Honeybee-Related Research Articles Most Likely to be Found? How has this Changed Between the 1945-2005 vs. 2006-2015 Time Spans?
(Tony Stankus, University of Arkansas Libraries, AR, USA)
pp. 107-124

Index
pp. 125-135

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