Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation, Second Edition
by Dave Goulson
2009, 336 pages, color & b/w photos, graphs, tables. Bumblebees are increasingly being used as a model organism for studying a wide range of ecological and behavioral concepts, such as social organization, optimal foraging theories, host-parasite interactions, and pollination. They have become a focus for conservationists due to mounting evidence of range contractions and catastrophic extinctions with some species disappearing from entire continents (e.g. in North America). Only by improving our understanding of their ecology can we devise sensible plans to conserve them. The role of bumblebees as invasive species (e.g. Bombus terrestris in Japan) has also become topical with the growing trade in commercial bumblebee nests for tomato pollination leading to establishment of non-native bumblebees in a number of countries.
There is clearly a continuing need for an affordable, well-illustrated, and appealing text that makes accessible all of the major advances in understanding of the behaviour and ecology of bumblebees that have been made in the last 30 years. This volume provides an authoritative and accessible account of bumblebee biology. It incorporates advances in active fields of research, including taxonomy, immunity to disease, and foraging. It focuses on practical issues such as conservation strategies, management of bumblebees for crop pollination, and the possible impacts of bumblebees as non-native invasive species. Paperback; 6-3/4 x 9-1/2″.
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